By Annemarie Wachter, Marianne Wright, Erna Albertz
Even if she used to be for a few years the spouse of a pastor, Annemarie Waechter Arnold used to be identified for her dislike of spiritual speech and pious utterances, who prefer as an alternative to specific her religion in functional gestures of affection. a happy and vigorous girl, she touched the lives of hundreds of thousands with deeds of generosity, kindness, and encouragement. Few who knew her as an grownup could have well-known her because the teen who wrote in her diary: "There is just not anything in me, i'm not anything, i've got no opinion, no conviction, no path, no nothing...what is God? i do not recognize no matter if i feel in him or don't think in him...this internal loneliness is the worst factor there's, occasionally it might kill you." This booklet is the tale, instructed in Annemarie's personal phrases, of her course from doubt and depression to a lifetime of function, religion, and pleasure. Annemarie used to be set in this direction while she answered to a choice from God so powerful and direct that it abolished all her doubts. This name led her to a lifestyles in Christian neighborhood the place she may perhaps devote herself thoroughly to practicing God's coming nation of justice and love. As she wrote, "It is infinitely reassuring to grasp that there's an absolute fact, an infinitely nice love. it's significant to understand that one doesn't need to squander one's existence, one doesn't have to ask anymore what existence is de facto for, what its goal is."
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A fairy tale, therefore, is not subject to the course of time: it springs from the eternal question of the spiritual 38 t h a l e c o l l e g e existence of mankind, which modern man must also face above and beyond all the fantastic, strange, comical, and tragic elements of life. Now we come to the question: Is there a particular spiritual connection between children and fairy tales? This question can be answered with a simple “yes,” and this “yes” must be spiritually, inwardly founded in some way, since it would be completely contrary to the nature of a child to take a merely superficial liking to something.
Although hands-on skills were emphasized (Anni received lessons in cleaning a bath tub and packing a suitcase), Frau Direktorin’s main goal was to help each girl become a Vollmensch – a complete individual with the practical and inner resources for a fulfilled 34 t h a l e c o l l e g e life. She took great personal interest in the spiritual and intellectual development of her students. To start the day she would read a passage from Fichte or another thinker to the whole student body; in the evenings the students took it in turn to select an enlightening quote to share and discuss.
By the way, my bicycle arrived here hale and hearty on Monday and I already put it to use on Wednesday. There were five of us: the gym teacher, the arts and crafts teacher, the cooking teacher, Elli Stehr (a girl from our class), and I. We started off at 2:00 and went first to Friedrichsbrunn. At first we had to walk our bikes for quite some distance, but then we had a lovely ride. At the children’s home in Friedrichsbrunn we visited a former Thale student. The 49 a n n i nurse who runs the home was extremely nice and served us coffee as soon as we arrived.