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Kaspar Hauser, Child of Europe

An Artistic and Contemplative Approach to an Enduring Enigma

November 2019
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  • Publisher
    Temple Lodge Publishing
  • Published
    12th November 2019
  • ISBN 9781912230341
  • Pages 100 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

“From time to time in the history of humanity, extraordinary individualities appear, carrying with them great tasks which are difficult to assess. Through this lens, the events around Kaspar Hauser (1812–1833) can be seen as signposts to one of the most important mysteries of modern times, which will radiate far into the future. Kaspar’s appearance and the essence of his being are deeply connected with the question of the identity of the human being itself.” (from the foreword)

This book offers a unique, creative approach to the mystery of Kaspar Hauser—the teenage boy who was found abandoned on the streets of Nuremberg, barely able to walk, speak, or write. Introducing the subject with a historical overview, Eckart Böhmer offers multiple artistic approaches to understanding the enigma of Kaspar Hauser’s brief and tragic life. He presents poems from his cycle I not human, I Kaspar, a short story entitled “Crossing the Border,” and a play about Hauser’s mentor, “Feuerbach, or an Example of a Crime against the Human Consciousness Soul.” These are followed by transcripts of two lectures held during the Kaspar Hauser Festival in New York, which reflect on esoteric research during the last twenty years. The volume concludes with short meditations followed by an interview with the author on his biographical connections to the theme. 

Inspired by the Kaspar Hauser Festival in Ansbach and the Kaspar Hauser Research Circle, this valuable book offers many imaginative gems for deeper contemplation.

Eckart Böhmer

Eckart Böhmer, born in Santiago, Chile, in 1966 is the director of the Kaspar Hauser Festspiele in Ansbach, Germany, and a traveling speaker, author, and theater director. After studying theater direction in Ulm, Germany, Eckart Böhmer founded his own theater near Ansbach. In 1998, he began the biannual Kaspar Hauser Festspiele in Ansbach. In 2016 he was asked to take on the research of Professor Hermann Pies, who had spent a lifetime pursuing and studying documents on Kaspar Hauser. He placed this historic legacy into the center of the “Kaspar Hauser Research Circle,” cofounded with Richard Steel, at the Karl König Institute. Since then, research has been broadened and activities have spread to the United States, where regular festivals have been organized on the east and west coasts.