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Furchert to speak on American history

By Emily Reneker | Apr 12, 2013

To the editor:

I find it a unique coincidence that a slight mention of history, particularly American and German history, has been mentioned four times in recent Ledger articles. It is interesting to me because Michael Furchert, a former East German Christian speaker, writer and pianist, will bring that subject to life when he tells his family’s personal historical real-life story. He will speak at the end of April at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in a free event open to the public.

The musical “Cabaret” produced last weekend at the Sondheim center was described in the April 4 Ledger. That musical was set in pre-war years in Berlin. The show revealed the Kit Kat Klub was insulated against the storm brewing beyond its walls. Every song was an illustration of the escalating tension between the main characters and in Germany before the Holocaust. The audience experienced the true fear that must have permeated those pre-war years in Germany.

Another article of April 4 told that the F.A.C.T. summer musical show is based in the 1940s — a story of a bygone era when the world was at war.

The other two mentions of how important it is to understand history came in letters to the editor. I concur with James Lee Elliott (March 14) and Mika Daily (March 28) that history matters. Their comparison that history repeats itself is right on.

For a reality check, juxtapose “Cabaret” with Michael Furchert’s real-life story — sort of like a balanced follow-up event — one of light entertainment, one of actual history. From the Nazi regime of Hitler Germany, throughout WWII and Communism, from the rise of the Berlin Wall to its celebrated fall, Michael tells that three generations of his family held true to their faith and experienced God’s sustaining power throughout turbulent times of European history.

Furchert will speak at the Sondheim center Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, with a special invitation extended to all who attended “Cabaret.” A free-will donation will be accepted. This is a joint effort sponsored by “Take a Stand” and several local churches in Jefferson and Van Buren counties and the surrounding southeast Iowa area. To learn more about Michael’s family story, check his website www.michaelfurchert.com to view a video interview.


— Emily Reneker, Douds

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