Haus Pindel, Augustana German Summer School - Passau



    Pen and Ink Sketch with Watercolor - Erwin Weber - 1983


In 1983, the housing for the Augustana Summer School in Germany was located at the foot of the suspension bridge in Old Town, Passau. Nineteen students participated in the ninth German Summer Program in Passau, Germany. Among them were Alan Arps, Susan Bantin, Ralph Blakey, Corinna Boehm, Philip Bogard, Joseph Buck, Janet Coope, Meg Grenke, Teresa Grotelueschen, Anthony Padgett, Heidi Papenfus, Kimberly Reed, William Roderick, Paul Speidel, Nathan Stoffregen, Kai Swanson, Karen Swanson, Christopher Van Speybrock, Paul Vernor, and the director of the program, Erwin Weber, Professor of German at Augustana College. Weber made this sketch of the building in 1983.

Prior to the six-week intensive study of German in Passau, where classes were held Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, there was a two-week study-travel tour throughout Germany including Leichlingen, Weber's place of birth near Düsseldorf; Cologne, the old Roman citadel with it massive Gothic Cathedral; Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers; an excursion on the Rhine River from Koblenz to Bingen to view the Lorelei and numerous castles on both sides of the river; Würzburg with its mighty fortress and bishop's residence; Eisenach, behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany, the birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach, and the Wartburg Castle overlooking the city where Luther's translated the New Testament into German in 1522; Erfurt, the city of flowers, where Luther attended the university and entered the Augustinian monastery against the wishes of his father; Weimar, the city of Schiller and Goethe, two of the greatest German writers and thinkers, but also the site of Buchenwald, the former Nazi concentration where thousands of prisoners and Jews, were beaten, tortured and executed; the medieval city of Bamberg with its ancient cathedral; Nuremberg, the city of Albrecht Dürer, and showplace of the former Nazi regime; and finally Passau, the 2,500-year old city at the confluence of the rivers Ilz, Inn, and Danube in southern Germany.

The purpose of the summer school was to give students of German an opportunity to learn the language in its natural setting and afford them active participation in the various cultural aspects of the country. A maximum of 12 quarter credits could be earned. These were granted by Augustana College. Upon arrival in Passau, each student received a bicycle for transportation and for weekend trips in and around Passau and nearby Austria. In addition to bicycle trips plans were made for a boat ride along the Danube River, and weekend trips to Munich and Neuschwanstein Castle; the primeval Bavarian Forest with its glass-blowing industries; the Austrian Alps with its mountain chalets; Salzburg, Austria and the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Venice, Italy with its gondolas and St. Mark Cathedral; and Prague, behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia. Accommodations were provided in chalets, tents and youth hostels.