I was going to send an e-mail to a woman at the San Mateo Historical Society, but then found this article on the monument Germany is considering of an American Veteran, Carl Schurz. I was going to point out the remains of my Janke grandparents being dug up and moved to the Union Cemetery in the middle of the night. If I had received anything that resembled a civil greeting from any member of Belmont Historical Society, I might have visited the Union Cemetery this very day – that Nikki Haley called our VP “unprofessional and unfit” . I suspect I was snubbed by the BHS because I posted some Oakland History of Kamala Harris. Politics makes up a huge chunk of our history. I just posted on my Patriot Rosamond Family who owned slaves in South Carolina where Haley got votes. I wrote Ursula von der Leyen about this matter – which is a huge world concern – and can not be constricted by teeny tiny prejudiced members of the BHS.I am done with the Lilliputians!
I believe that is a image of William Janke taken in Twin Pines Park. His daughter, Augustus Janke, married William Stuttmeister. He moved our family to Cypress Lawn after our graves were dug up and evicted from the Odd Fellows cemetery. That is the Stuttmeister monument in Berlin with a replica of a famous statue of Jesus.
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I just sent this message to Ursula van der Leyen the head of the European Commission:
“My ancestors are a Gold Rush family who came to California in 1849 from Hamburg, and the island of Heligoland. They brought six portable homes around the Cape and erected them in Belmont California that is near Stanford University where Commissioner von der Leyen attended college. I have found evidence of prejudice against Germans in Belmont. The graves of Cark Janke and his wife were dug up in the middle the night, and moved to another city. Janke Street was changed. The study of my family in Belmont has been oppressed. I am kin to Ian Fleming and am authoring a Bond novel, starring Victoria Rosemond Bond. I find Erdogan’s treatment of women, appalling. Sincerely John Presco President: Royal Rosamond Press”
The bas-reliefs are wild, mashups of Indian chiefs, Roman centurions, African natives, and robed citizens, apparently alluding to Schurz’s writings and concerns on world peoples. The Piccirilli Studios in the Bronx, the same firm that produced the US Capitol dome, executed the reliefs.
The Who’s famous photograph for “The Kids are Alright” album and documentary was taken at the Carl Schurz Monument on 116th Street and Morningside Drive. Above is an outtake from the 1979 shoot. Morningside Heights’ beauty has attracted many photographers, filmmakers, and television producers over the years. Most recently, it is the setting for Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Harris tweeted on Sunday morning, hours before Haley’s criticism, about the meaning of the national holiday.
“Throughout our history our service men and women have risked everything to defend our freedoms and our country,” Harris said. “As we prepare to honor them on Memorial Day, we remember their service and their sacrifice.”
Haley, a Republican, is widely thought to be a likely 2024 presidential candidate. She has said that if Trump were to run she would support him, despite criticizing him after the Capitol riot. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him,” she told Politico in February. “And we can’t let that ever happen again.”
“But in terms of geopolitics, if the UK continues to go down its existential path and move away from Europe, the US president will be more likely to pick up the phone to call to the German chancellor than the British prime minister,” Chollet told the Guardian. “On Russia, it’s already happening.”
Efforts to rediscover America and Germany’s joint history, with a particular emphasis on the role of German emigres in US nation-building, are already happening, too.
In Berlin, there are plans for a memorial to Schurz and the other “Forty-Eighters” – German revolutionaries who fought against slavery during the US civil war. Erardo Cristoforo Rautenberg, the chief public prosecutor of Brandenburg state who is driving the initiative, has suggested placing a statue on the site the reconstructed Berlin city palace, as a counterpoint to the neoprussian revival.
Germany’s foreign minister last week announced his support for the memorial “In many people’s memory, it was the Americans, supported by the British and the French, who brought democracy to Germany in 1945,” Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Der Spiegel.
“But many had experienced parliamentary democracy before 1933, fought for by the actors of 1848. That is why a memorial to the so-called Forty-Eighters are a great opportunity to evoke the memory of mutual influences during the foundation of stable democracies on both sides of the ocean.”
WASHINGTON—President Biden honored American military service members who died in the line of duty, using a Memorial Day address to call for a defense of democracy in the U.S. and around the globe.
“Democracy must be defended at all costs. For democracy makes this all possible,” Mr. Biden said Monday at an amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery. “Democracy. That’s the soul of America. And I believe it’s a soul worth fighting for, and so do you, a soul worth dying for.”
German revolutionary Carl Schurz was an all-American hero. A teacher who climbed the barricades during the failed uprising against an autocratic Prussian state in 1848, he exported his democratic fervour to America four years later: Schutz fought for the unionist cause in the civil war, served as US secretary of the interior and introduced to his adopted homeland the concept of the kindergarten.
Yet most Americans, and even more Germans, would struggle to put a face to the name of the man whose memorial in Wisconsin identifies him as America’s “greatest German American”. The UK and the US may quarrel over of the precise location of Winston Churchill’s bust inside the White House, but at least they know who they are talking about.
If the German foreign policy circles are to be believed, all that could change if the UK leaves the European Union. Since Barack Obama’s visit to Europe last weekend, Germany’s media has been alive with speculation that the country could take over the UK’s role in a “special relationship” with the US after Brexit.
After the US president on Saturday warned Eurosceptics in the UK that Britain could find itself at the “back of the queue” if they had their way, he heaped praise on Angela Merkel on Sunday, describing their tie as “as important a relationship as I’ve had during the course of my presidency”.
Mr. Biden’s comments followed remarks he made earlier in the weekend, when he called voting measures in Texas, Florida and Georgia “an assault on democracy.”https://www.dianomi.com/smartads.epl?id=3533
Republican-backed bills with voting restrictions in several states have become a battleground between the GOP and Democrats recently. Texas Democrats walked out of the state House on Sunday to impede passage of a measure with voting restrictions.
Republicans say the laws protect election security and prevent fraud while Democrats say they restrict access to polls, including among minorities.
Speaking after a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Mr. Biden said the nation’s soul was “animated by the perennial battle between our worst instincts, which we’ve seen of late, and our better angels. Between ‘me first’ and ‘We the people.’ ”
“The mission falls to each of us, each and every day. Democracy itself is in peril here at home and around the world,” Mr. Biden said. “What we do now, how we honor the memory of the fallen, will determine whether democracy will endure.”
Mr. Biden is preparing to take his first overseas trip as president next month. He will join with other world leaders for the G-7 meetings, along with gatherings from NATO countries and the European Union. At the end of his trip, Mr. Biden will hold a summit in Switzerland with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
During a speech Sunday marking the holiday near his hometown of Wilmington, Del., Mr. Biden said he would make a case for human rights when he met with Mr. Putin.
Mr. Biden was joined at the Memorial Day services by Vice President Kamala Harris, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Carl Schurz Memorial
This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found postedwithin the park.
Carl Schurz (1829-1906) was born in Liblar, Prussia (near what is now Cologne, Germany). In 1848, while a doctoral candidate at the University of Bonn, he joined the democratic revolt opposing the autocratic German government. After participating in other rebellions, Schurz was imprisoned, escaped, and fled to Switzerland. After a short stay there he resided in France and England before immigrating to the United States in 1852. Schurz eventually settled in New York City in 1881.
Schurz was a prodigious learner and mastered the English language, while earning a law degree, within three years of settling in America. He soon established a reputation as a skilled orator and proved to be instrumental in the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Schurz was appointed Minister to Spain in 1861. He was a staunch abolitionist and when he returned to the United States in 1862 Schurz was appointed as a Major General in the Union army.
After commanding troops in Virginia, Schurz returned North in 1864 making numerous campaign speeches on behalf of Lincoln and was General Slocum’s chief of staff before reentering civilian life. He prepared a report on post-war racial integration in the Southern states for President Andrew Johnson and then served as the Washington correspondent for Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune.
Admired for his eloquence and political acumen, Schurz was elected United States Senator from Missouri in 1869 and served until 1875. He was appointed Secretary of the Interior in 1877 by Rutherford B. Hayes, where he was a strong proponent of civil service reform and worked for improvements in the treatment of Native Americans in the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In his later years, Schurz was editor of the New York Tribune and an editorial writer for Harper’s Weekly. Upon his death in 1906, prominent lawyer Joseph H. Choate formed a memorial committee and raised $93,000 in donations towards a monument for Schurz.
This impressive monument to Schurz is the result of collaboration between the distinguished Austrian sculptor Karl Bitter (1867–1915) and renowned architect Henry Bacon (1866–1924). In 1908, Bitter was selected to create the sculpture after having already received many public commissions including the Franz Sigel statue (1907) on Riverside Drive. He also modeled the maquette for the figure of Pomona atop the Pulitzer Fountain in Manhattan’s Grand Army Plaza. Bitter selected the site of the Schurz monument for its advantageous position and enlisted Bacon to assist in the designs. Bacon later designed the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Pool in Brooklyn, and early electrical lampposts for Central Park.
Built in 1913 within a large brick-paved plaza projecting from the promontory at Morningside Drive and West 116th Street, the monument consists of a full standing bronze portrait of Schurz in the center of a granite exedra (curved bench) with carved reliefs framed by two ornamental bronze luminaires. Other studio assistants and associates of Bitter may have worked on the side and central stone relief carvings which relate to Schurz’s social concerns about African American slaves and Native Americans. The low relief carvings in granite were sculpted by the Bronx-based Piccirilli studios after clay and plaster models by Bitter. Set at the center and silhouetted against the sky, is the imposing figure of Carl Schurz.
The monument underwent extensive conservation in the late 1930s, at which time incised inscriptions replaced bronze lettering and less distinctive light poles were substituted for the originals. Following renovations to historic Morningside Park, Parks’ Citywide Monuments Conservation Program conserved the main statue and the flanking reliefs in 2003.
New Orleans…………..is ours!
German Defense Minister, Ursuala von de Layen, made the mistake of saying Germany and the European Union need money. Steve Bannon jumped on this. He bid Trump to put the economic squeeze on Merkel in order to destroy the European Union. As head the Teutonic Knights, and Knights Templar of America, via a blood line, I give my support to Ursuala in her endeavors for her Nation and Nato.
I am considered empowering State Rights in order to defeat The Trumire here and abroad. My message in regards to the Lousiana Purchase, has become revelant. Last night sharpshooter were protecting workan as they tore a Confederate Monument down. This may have come from Sweeny and his group who took over the CVA from my kindred. So many issued are hurtling at me like asteroids. I am not grasping at straws. If Trump were not elected, I would be fishing right now. The Trumpire is working both side of the street. They got a hidden religious agenda that is not invisible to me. They don’t get it both ways.
In regards to the insult Ivanka Trump paid the Women of the World, when she denied her father molested women, claiing it was “politics” played by the Enemy Press…..as a Nazarite Judge after Samuel and Absalom, here is my ruling.
Because Donald Trump encouraged Billy Bush to commit an act of adultery, the President of the United States flirted with the strict prohibition against adultery, that is punishable by death. Because his daughter is a convert to Judaism, for the reason her husband is a Jew, I suggest any Orthodox Jew who heard Ivanka’s lies, take the vow of the Nazarite. I draw a line in the sand. Unless Donald repent of his sins, his sins will contaminate millions. Not only in this nation, and other nations who come in contact with this GREAT SIN. I will rule on Sanctuary Cities, next.
So be it!
Here is the solution – I alone discovered – for the Judgement of Jesus.
John ‘ The Nazarite Judge’
In the dark of night, workers wearing masks and tactical vests arrived Monday at New Orleans’ Battle of Liberty Place monument to take it down. Police snipers were positioned on nearby rooftops, according to The Times-Picayune newspaper. Company names on trucks and equipment were covered with cardboard and black tape to protect contractors involved in the controversial operation. It was the first of four scheduled relocations of Confederate memorials in New Orleans after years of heated public debate and legal battles. City officials have attempted to move the monuments since 2015 amid opposition from pro-monument groups and threats against workers. A federal judge in Louisiana affirmed the city’s right to move them in March and the city secured private funding to do so. Because of threats and security risks, the city will not publicly disclose details for the next three removals. Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office said the statues will go to storage while the city looks for a suitable venue to display them, such as a museum.
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a threat to take away funds from sanctuary cities — the latest blow from the federal judiciary to President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda. In his ruling, Judge William H. Orrick sided with Santa Clara County, the city of San Francisco and other jurisdictions, who argued that a threat to take away federal funds from cities that do not cooperate with some federal immigration enforcement could be unconstitutional. In making the ruling apply nationwide, Orrick blocked the government from enforcing a key portion of Trump’s January executive order on immigration, which ordered the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department to block cities who do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement from receiving federal funds.
Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) has warned the new Government in the form of unusually clear foreign policy going it alone in the Russia policy. NATO is a community of values. “This means that we – as we have a common interest – if we want to come back to a reliable cooperation with Russia that go together and not bilaterally over the heads of partners across”, said von der Leyen at the opening of the Munich Security Conference on Friday.
The fight against Islamist terrorism must be done together and should not be operating in a “front against Islam and Muslims in itself”. “Otherwise we run the risk, to deepen the rifts grow from where violence and terror.” The United States had triggered worldwide protests with an entry ban for several Muslim countries.
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The foreign policy of the new US administration of President Donald Trump is the focus of the meeting. In Russia politics is the lurch of the Trump Government as clear as in hardly any other field. In January, Trump sent clear signals of rapprochement towards Moscow. Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson but demanded more peace efforts of Russia in Eastern Ukraine by Russia at the G20 meeting of Foreign Ministers in Bonn.
Pence will present security policy of the White House
Burden-sharing among allies is more than a question of money, said von der Leyen. To bear the burden, was to first of all once the principle to standing by each other, no ifs or buts. “That excludes solo efforts – both to go it alone of the pre-emptive preschens, but also to go it alone of the which way duckens.” The Secretary of Defense James Mattis had the NATO partners on Wednesday threatened to drive back the commitment, should they no longer spend on their defence.
Of Leyen said, Europe should plan better in defense and work together – that is a kind of burden-sharing. A stable European Union was as much in America’s interest in such a closed NATO.
To Sunday, up to 30 heads of State and Government are Bayerischer Hof is located about 80 foreign and defense ministers at the hotel. The powerful of the world have so far rather contradictory American foreign policy many other topics: tensions with Russia, Syria war, conflict in Ukraine, and last but not least the future of the EU.
The admonitory words of Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) in the United States, their American colleague James Mattis has known nor even clear to NATO and to trans-Atlantic cooperation. Mattis said no country can alone ensure security on Friday at the Munich Security Conference. That go only to the team. He was confident that the partnership will strengthen and that one together step forward which, which endanger democracy and the freedom. Because the transatlantic link is the best defense against instability and violence, said the Secretary of Defense.
Trumps Deputy Mike Pence the security policy of the White House will present this Saturday – and should meet there also Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). It is Merkel’s first meeting with a representative of the new American Government. The Security Conference in Munich is the third Forum this week, introduced members of the Trump Government after the meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels and the G20 Minister of Foreign Affairs in Bonn.