Friday, December 19, 2014

A Siebenbürger Sachsen Immigrant’s Trail to Cleveland, Ohio



Ambassador Renate: First Lady of Peace for all the Worlds Children

A Siebenbürger Sachsen Immigrant’s Trail to Cleveland, Ohio

Nach dem Staatsstreich vom 23 August 1944 und der Kriegserklarung Rumaniens am Deutschland zwei Tage spatter spitzte sich die Sicherheitslage Anfang September fur einige sachsische Gemainden im sogenannten Szeklerzipfel bzw. im ungarisch-rumanischen Grenzraum bedrohlich zu.  Als deren unmittelbare Folge kam es fur Tausende von alteren Menschen, Frauen und Kindern zure ubersturzten Flucht, die fur einige den Tod, fur die moisten Not, Elend und Heimatverlust mit sich brachte.  Im Folgenden soll die Chronologie der militarischen Ereignizze in diesen dramatischen Spatsommertagen nachgezeichnet warden. 

ARK in Berea: After the coup of 23 August 1944 and the declaration of war on Germany two days of Romania spatter the security situation in early September for some Saxon Gemainden in the so-called Szeklerzipfel or in the Hungarian-Romanian border region escalated threatening. As the direct result of it came zure ubersturzten flight that brought death, for the moisten poverty, misery and loss of home with them for some fur thousands of older people, women and children. In the following the chronology of the military is to Ereignizze warden traced in this dramatic Spatsommertagen.

When Romania signed a peace treaty with the Soviets in 1944, the German military began withdrawing the Saxons from Transylvania:
Around 100,000 Germans fled before the Soviet Red Army, but Romania did not conduct the expulsion of Germans as did neighboring countries at war's end. However, more than 10 Million people including 70,000 Saxons ‘disappeared’ after they were arrested by the Soviet Army  for alleged cooperation with Germany.

Because they are considered Auslandsdeutsche ("Germans abroad") by the German government, the Saxons had the right to German citizenship. Consequently, numerous Saxons emigrated to Germany and Austria.   Renate’s Father, Hans Gottschick, moved his family from Waltersdorf in Bistriţa-Năsăud County Translvania to Ried im Inkreis, Austria, where Renate was born. 

The Gottschick Family later emigrated from Austria in 1954 to Ohio City in Cleveland, Ohio where many of the German/Saxon immigrants congregated.  They all lived in an apartment building near the Westside Market until permanent housing and jobs could be found.  Across the street from the apartment was St. Emery Hungarian Catholic Church.
In those years, shopping at the Westside Market was pretty much of a daily ritual. There were no big malls.   Fries and Schuele was also a store which was visited frequently.  It was not easy in those years coming to a new county and life, but there was a bond and togetherness with the German community that is still talked about today.  Families in the
German community still support each other to this day.  Friendships were always cherished amongst the communities.  When I was very young, going to the Westside Sachsenheim was always special.  There were holiday events for children which we always looked forward to.  To this day, these are still going on at the Sachsenheim.  My husband, David, and I met at the Sachsenheim when he was with the Deutshe Musik Veien German Music School.  How ironic that we still go to the Sachsenheim today!  It is a very special historical place with many memories for us and other people, too.   I also remember going to the Hofbrau Haus (which was the eastside Sachsenheim) on East 55th Street which would have dances every Friday and Saturday nights.  You would always see the ethnic community there on those nights!  Steve Bensic who started the Hofbrau Haus had a beautiful European setting, and not only for the Germans, but it was a place where all European immigrants could congregate and enjoy themselves.  My husband, David, and I used to go to the Hofbrau Haus on Friday and Saturday nights before we got married and we always said how special the place was.  It is still talked about today.    Since most of the Germans/Saxon were Lutheran, we went to Teutsch Evangelical Lutheran Church, which the Saxons started. 

by
Eugene Schiopota


Ambassador Renate: First Lady of Peace for all the Worlds Children



Ambassador Renate: First Lady of Peace for all the Worlds Children

A Siebenbürger Sachsen Immigrant’s Trail to Cleveland, Ohio

Nach dem Staatsstreich vom 23 August 1944 und der Kriegserklarung Rumaniens am Deutschland zwei Tage spatter spitzte sich die Sicherheitslage Anfang September fur einige sachsische Gemainden im sogenannten Szeklerzipfel bzw. im ungarisch-rumanischen Grenzraum bedrohlich zu.  Als deren unmittelbare Folge kam es fur Tausende von alteren Menschen, Frauen und Kindern zure ubersturzten Flucht, die fur einige den Tod, fur die moisten Not, Elend und Heimatverlust mit sich brachte.  Im Folgenden soll die Chronologie der militarischen Ereignizze in diesen dramatischen Spatsommertagen nachgezeichnet warden. 

ARK in Berea: After the coup of 23 August 1944 and the declaration of war on Germany two days of Romania spatter the security situation in early September for some Saxon Gemainden in the so-called Szeklerzipfel or in the Hungarian-Romanian border region escalated threatening. As the direct result of it came zure ubersturzten flight that brought death, for the moisten poverty, misery and loss of home with them for some fur thousands of older people, women and children. In the following the chronology of the military is to Ereignizze warden traced in this dramatic Spatsommertagen.

When Romania signed a peace treaty with the Soviets in 1944, the German military began withdrawing the Saxons from Transylvania:
Around 100,000 Germans fled before the Soviet Red Army, but Romania did not conduct the expulsion of Germans as did neighboring countries at war's end. However, more than 10 Million people including 70,000 Saxons ‘disappeared’ after they were arrested by the Soviet Army  for alleged cooperation with Germany.

Because they are considered Auslandsdeutsche ("Germans abroad") by the German government, the Saxons had the right to German citizenship. Consequently, numerous Saxons emigrated to Germany and Austria.   Renate’s Father, Hans Gottschick, moved his family from Waltersdorf in Bistriţa-Năsăud County Translvania to Ried im Inkreis, Austria, where Renate was born. 

The Gottschick Family later emigrated from Austria in 1954 to Ohio City in Cleveland, Ohio where many of the German/Saxon immigrants congregated.  They all lived in an apartment building near the Westside Market until permanent housing and jobs could be found.  Across the street from the apartment was St. Emery Hungarian Catholic Church.
In those years, shopping at the Westside Market was pretty much of a daily ritual. There were no big malls.   Fries and Schuele was also a store which was visited frequently.  It was not easy in those years coming to a new county and life, but there was a bond and togetherness with the German community that is still talked about today.  Families in the
German community still support each other to this day.  Friendships were always cherished amongst the communities.  When I was very young, going to the Westside Sachsenheim was always special.  There were holiday events for children which we always looked forward to.  To this day, these are still going on at the Sachsenheim.  My husband, David, and I met at the Sachsenheim when he was with the Deutshe Musik Veien German Music School.  How ironic that we still go to the Sachsenheim today!  It is a very special historical place with many memories for us and other people, too.   I also remember going to the Hofbrau Haus (which was the eastside Sachsenheim) on East 55th Street which would have dances every Friday and Saturday nights.  You would always see the ethnic community there on those nights!  Steve Bensic who started the Hofbrau Haus had a beautiful European setting, and not only for the Germans, but it was a place where all European immigrants could congregate and enjoy themselves.  My husband, David, and I used to go to the Hofbrau Haus on Friday and Saturday nights before we got married and we always said how special the place was.  It is still talked about today.    Since most of the Germans/Saxon were Lutheran, we went to Teutsch Evangelical Lutheran Church, which the Saxons started. 

by
Eugene Schiopota


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PressRelease: In wake of attacks on the Worlds Children, American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca offers Condolences to Families in Australia, Pakistan

ARK in Berea – (ICEAnews) American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca offered their condolences to the families of the victims and others impacted by the deadly attacks in Australia and Pakistan.

Ambassador Renate says it’s hard enough to understand the motives that underlie a terrorist attack – but even more so when the targets of such an attack are on  innocent Worlds Children.



At least 141 people, most of them children, were killed at a school in the city of Peshawar, near the border with Afghanistan, after it was targeted by a group of Taliban militants wearing explosive vests. Most of the victims of the siege were students ranging from Grade 1 through Grade 10. Another 121 students and three staff members were injured. Seven attackers, all wearing explosives vests, died in the assault.
Ambassador Renate says it’s especially heartbreaking to see such tragedy through the eyes of a father. She also acknowledged the attack Monday in Australia, where three people – including the lone gunman, a self-styled cleric with jihadist sympathies – died after a 16-hour hostage-taking at a cafe in Sydney.

“We work around the World with our affiliates and our friends in the international community  to respond to this violence and find ways to them, to prevent them,” she said. “We will continue to be in contact with authorities in these various countries, including members of Pakistan World Peace Daily through Peace Minister Baba Brohi.  Hopefully those that have been recently affected can learn from their recent experiences and how we at the International Center for environmental Arts (ICEA) can use that to do more to prevent these kinds of instances here and worldwide.” 
Unfortunately, antagonism exists in all communities; an effective response must begin with communication of the truth of our common humanity. Those who learn to believe in the dialogue of the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts cannot be susceptible to aggressive radical principles.  We at ICEA have found a way to fundamentally add to our education system so that we can inform children to develop benevolence early on in order to create a healthier society.
Ambassador Renate said it is hard not to be emotional when hearing the circumstances of the attack in Pakistan.
"It’s hard for any of us, as rational and compassionate people, to understand terrorism – to understand why people would want, in the name of some political cause, to simply terrorize, hurt and kill innocent people composed of the Worlds Children, whole sections of society,” she said.
“But I think it is beyond our comprehension why somebody would target children".
Earlier today, David Jakupca also offered his condemnation of the attack, which took place at a military-run school. He called the act cowardly, saying there’s nothing more sinister than killing children at school. He noted that the Taliban tried and failed to kill recent Nobel Peace price winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by gunmen two years ago while on her way home from school in Pakistan.
“ICEA unequivocally condemns this heinous act, there is no more cowardly act than attacking innocent Worlds Children, and nothing more sinister than brutally murdering them while at school.” he said.
Ambassador Renate urged the people of Pakistan to seek solace and inspiration from Malala’s example. “In the moments that follow such harrowing tragedy, we hope that the resolve and the dignity of innocent Pakistani people will see more children like Malala Yousafzai emerge to carry the torch forward for more education, free from violence or intimidation. Pakistan World Peace Daily through Peace Minister Baba Brohi will stand by them, and support them, in the face of this ongoing terrorist threat.”

By Eugene Schpiota

About the:
Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM)

Provenance of the WCPM sculpture places its conception at Germany's World's Fair, EXPO 2000's 'Culture on the Move' segment.  American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca addressed the 140 Nation Assembly of the concept for a permanent universal symbol of renewal and peace on earth for all living inhabitants through the 'Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts'. This Symbol of Living Peace was the subject sculpture.  This project was initiated in cooperation with the United Nations 2000 Culture of Peace Program and organized in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. http://theicea.com/page5

The WCPM was officially inaugurated in 2003 at the 3rd World Peace Conference held in Verbania, Italy where it received an Italian Medal of Arts Award. It was debuted at its present location during the 2003 Berea Arts Fest. The WCPM Project is to encourage positive community participation through the establishment of international site-specific works of public art, through cultural education and entrepreneurial training to children around the World. 

The “Worlds Children Peace Monument" (WCPM) and the “Great American Peace Trail" (GAPT) Projects are international, public participatory art projects designed to engage children with cross-cultural awareness in order to attain the common goal of sharing peace and diversity with their neighbors.  The peace projects have direct community impact through neighborhood beautification, community and economic development while building self-esteem and hope in America. They will help to build better neighborhoods where everyone can live, respect and accept each other as they diplomatically negotiate errors and differences of prejudice and hatred and instill in its place the belief in the necessity of communication.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Time We Have Left...



The Time We Have Left .......

Quite a while ago, in our Hippie Days, Carly Simon had a hit song called “Anticipation,” which included a line about spending time “chasin” after some brighter day.”  Looking forward to an occasion in the New Year can provide a lot of pleasure.  Not only do you expect that approaching time to be wonderful, but you can add to your enjoyment by counting down the days until it arrives.  Whether it’s Easter, next summer’s tropical vacation, or just next forever Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all the Worlds Children, you just know that when that day comes, it will be glorious!  Sometimes it is! (And, as we all know, sometimes it isn’t)  But, hey, in any case, there’s no denying that anticipation affords us pleasure that spills over into the present.  That’s a good thing!

Let’s switch gears.  How many songs can you think of with lyrics about the past—remembering good times, regretting sad times?  Just off the top of my head I can mention Chicago’s “Saturday in the Park” or Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were.”  Looking back allows us to re-experience past events to whatever extent we wish.  From the vantage point of experience, we can mentally experiment with what “might have been” or just enjoy the echo of “Days of Future Past”.  For me Pleasure comes from being in the moment and enjoying your immediate circumstances. Purpose is about fulfilling our longer term vision for life and goals. Happiness comes from finding that mix between the two. There is no simple answer, however if we tip too far one way or the other we can lose our happiness.

But what about fully enjoying the very moment we are currently experiencing—right now at Christmas Time in 2014?  Let’s all resolve to do that!  I’m currently challenging myself to enjoy this day—every day—not tomorrow, last Wednesday, or next year - there is no other life but this and now.  How about you?  No matter at what stage of life we find ourselves, there is still a wealth of opportunities for growth, for reinvention, for connection in Iceality.  From now on, let’s expend the bulk of our energy on the day we have to live right now.  Adopt the “glass of Hope is half full” (not half empty) attitude—and drink it dry!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with Iceality,
Ambassador Renate
David Jakupca
American Cultural Ambassadors

"The Time We Have Left"
Ambassador Renate
iceality


Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Worlds Children Peace Trek

Worlds Children Peace Trek

Start Date : October 4, 2014
End Date : October 4, 2014
Time : 10:00 am to4:00 pm
Phone : 440-891-8376
Email : icea2000@sbcglobal.net
Location :
Coe Lake Park 118 East Bridge Street Berea, Ohio 44017
Website

Description


Worlds Children Peace Trek is an opportunity for people to meet neighbors and pets in an informal outdoor setting. There is a nature walk around Coe Lake with plenty of BBQ's and picnic tables available. This is a children and pet event

Backgound:
The Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM) is the
First Major Peace Sculpture Dedicated to members of the Animal Kingdom......representing Peace for the Worlds Children of All Living Things - Human, Flora and Fauna.

The Worlds Children Peace Monument is an original sculpture conceived during EXPO 2000, the Worlds Fair held in Hannover, Germany. It was designed and built by David Jakupca at the historic ARK in Berea as a project of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) in cooperation with the United Nations 2000 Culture of Peace Program. The concept of a permanent universal symbol of renewal and living peace for all living things was organized in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.


The Science behind Peace and Global Harmony is the "Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts". Developed in 1987, it is the practical study on the aesthetics of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and Culture, ultimately promoting an effective sustainable global Culture of Peace between all Living Things ~ Human, Plant and Wildlife  Kingdoms!   The incorporation of the rights of flora and fauna in a "Universal Peace Equation" is the first major change in achieving a sustainable global Culture Peace on Earth in over 2000 Years.  http://theicea.com/page22



http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/event/worlds-children-peace-trek/

Thursday, October 2, 2014

UN chief urges Hope in Iceality as world seems to fall apart.... World leaders must build upon "seeds of hope" as explained in the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts.




United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking to world leaders on September 24th's 2014 General Assembly meeting, urged them to take the lead on solving global challenges and crises. "[L]eadership is precisely about finding the seeds of hope and nurturing them into something bigger," he said. Also speaking today was U.S. President Barack Obama. Is an profound endorsement of the ICEALITY METHODOLOGY explained in the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts.

Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts
http://www.theicea.com/page22

The Iceality Methodology is a goal-directed type of learning principle for the Worlds Children based on the assumption that ideas and experiences reinforce one another and can be linked to enhance the innate holistic learning process. It refers to the capability of people to improve their communities through their own instinctive creativeness by following the same type of positive hands on action inherent in the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts. The Iceality Methodology used to expand the WCPM globally has its origins in Nature itself, utilizing the basic fact that All Living things have an inherent need to grow and prosper.
Like a parent plant grows and sprouts seeds [ of hope] to propagate and grow, the WCPM uses WCPM Peace Stones to grow and send their messages of Peace.

"Respect for human and environmental rights and greater understanding between people from different racial and religious backgrounds must be the first goal of society in today's fast-changing, globalized world." according to American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca.  This goal is accomplished"...by focusing on the creative process and affirming to the principles of the "Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts"
American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca
The Theory on Environmental Arts (ICEALITY*) was enthusiastically embraced by the United Nations by 1990, with the support of UN delegates Jimmy Carter and Geraldine Ferraro was featured in many of their World Conferences;
1- 1992 Earth Summit on the Environment, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2- 1993 World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, Austria
3- 1994 World Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, Egypt
4- 1995 World Conference on Women, Beijing, China
5- 1996 Habitat II- UN Conference on Human Settlements, Istanbul, Turkey
6- 2000 World's Fair, Expo2000, Hannover, Germany
7- 2001 World Conference on Racism, Durban, South Africa
8- 2002 World Summit on Sustainability, Johannesburg, South Africa
9- 2003 World Conference on Peace, Verbania, Italy
10- 2005 World Conference on Peace, Verbania, Italy
11- 2007 World Peace Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The result of this major global public promotion at the United Nations level, is that the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts is now considered as the cornerstone of the modern sustainable global Environmental Art Movement and this concept is now replicated by artists, architects, urban planners and sustainable organizations throughout the World, reflecting a still growing global audience.

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Worlds Children Peace Monument aka Peace Carved in Stone aka Universal Symbol of Living Peace The Worlds Children Peace Monument is an original sculpture conceived during EXPO 2000, the Worlds Fair held in Hannover, Germany by American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca. It was designed and built by David Jakupca at the historic ARK in Berea as a project of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) in cooperation with the United Nations 2000 Culture of Peace Program. The concept of a permanent universal symbol of renewal and living peace for all living things was organized in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The incorporation of the rights of flora and fauna in a "Universal Peace Equation" is the first major change in achieving a sustainable global Culture Peace on Earth in over 2000 Years.  http://theicea.com/page22  The WCPM was officially inaugurated in 2003 at the 3rd World Peace Conference held in Verbania, Italy where it received an Italian Medal of Arts Award. It was debuted at its present location during the 2003 Berea Arts Fest. The WCPM Project is to encourage positive community participation through the establishment of international site-specific works of public art, through cultural education and entrepreneurial training to children around the World.

ARK in BEREA:  The Science behind Peace and Global Harmony is the "Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts". Developed in 1987, it is the practical study on the aesthetics of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and Culture, ultimately promoting an effective sustainable global Culture of Peace between all Living Things ~ Human, Plant and Wildlife  Kingdoms!   The incorporation of the rights of flora and fauna in a "Universal Peace Equation" is the first major change in achieving a sustainable global Culture Peace on Earth in over 2000 Years.  http://theicea.com/page22

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Autumn Décor Design Tips from the ARK in Berea: Unique Ideas on How Art Can Spruce Up Your Home

ARK in Berea:  With summer days about to fade into fall, and outdoor living slowly heading indoors, now is the perfect time to liven up the dwelling you love to call home and prepare for some good cocooning time. Besides the cool, crisp air and invigorating ‘sweater weather’ the fall provides us each year, the colors of crimson, burnt orange, green, earthy brown and golden yellow are absolutely vibrant and can be brought indoors in a big way.

With more time being spent indoors as fall glides in, it’s the perfect time to refresh our homes and liven up our walls in a way that mixes majestic colors with breathtaking landscapes and fall scenes. Many times, finding just the right art can breathe life into a room that may have become hum-drum and stale over the years. American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA), headquartered in the ARK in BEREA, offers some great decorating tips for the fall:
Don’t go small: One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when selecting art is going ‘too small,’ which can make a piece appear dwarfed. You’ve heard the term ‘bigger is better.’ In this case, it’s right on the money. Imagine what a bold piece of art can do for an entire room. What’s great about ICEA pieces is that you can obtain an art selection on canvas up to 54” x 102”, even if the original is much smaller" said Ambassador Renate

      Don’t shy away from color: The trends in color this fall are bold, rich colors like mustard, reds and spicy oranges mixed with browns. Find a landscape scene that incorporates these colors and pick great accent pieces in chartreuse, red and yellow to play up the bold colors in your art. This can instantly breathe new life into a room.

      Consider the right lighting for your art: Draw attention to a favorite piece of art with an accent light that plays up the bold fall colors.

      Cocoon with color: As you begin spending more time inside, inspire your indoor spaces with art that’s cheerful and colorful. All types of art, including abstract images, will warm up your décor if they contain the earthy, autumn tones you see when you look outside your window.

      Groupings are back: In the 70s, wall groupings were prevalent in homes across the country, and the trend is making its way back. Freshen up your home this fall by hanging a matched set in a structured arrangement or mix and match your favorite pieces in a random configuration.

      Transform a room with a few simple changes: Purchase a new piece of art for a primary spot, such as the space over a fireplace or sofa. Buy a couple of new pillows that complement the colors in the art, and suddenly your whole room looks new.

      Consider season art changes if you’re running out of space: When you love art, it’s easy to quickly fill every wall! Why not consider season changes for key areas in your home? If you currently have a painting of zesty sunflowers in a basket on a particular wall, consider purchasing an autumn landscape to use in that same position for half the year. It keeps your home décor fresh and forever up-to-date.

      Change wall colors for a dramatic affect: Have you ever noticed how many art galleries and museums in urban design change wall colors depending on the art that’s on display? If your home and furnishings are neutral, consider painting one accent wall in a room with a different color, based on an interesting color within a favorite painting that hangs on that wall. The right color background will make your art come to life.

If an ‘art makeover’ is part of your fall décor design plan, you’ll want to visit www.TheICEA.com to view a collection of local images by American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca -- with a healthy collection of fall-inspired works, including landscapes and color-rich
abstracts.        http://www.bereabuzz.com