“The Book and the People” – A Personal Review of a Year of “Land Abandoned”.
In the meantime, a year has passed since the start of the war in Ukraine. A year of immeasurable suffering for the people of the country. And for those who today have found their temporary home somewhere in Europe – in the hope that family members left behind will survive and that the cruel war will finally come to an end.
For me, things have changed since I participated in Menschenfreude e.V.’s first humanitarian aid campaign for Ukraine in March 2022. I developed a sense of the multi-faceted challenges refugees face. And I have developed a feeling for what it means for non-German speakers to find their way through the German bureaucratic jungle.
“Abandoned Land” – readings & discussion evenings with our author Knuth Martens.
Since a few days the book “Verlassenes Land – Über Menschen und Menschlichkeit im Ukraine-Krieg” is available everywhere in bookstores and online (ISBN 978-9-403-66078-3). At this point we give you a short update about readings with author Dr. Knuth Martens. The proceeds of the events as well as from the sale of the book will go to our association Menschenfreude e.V. and thus support the families affected by the war.
“Abandoned Land”: Reading with German-Ukrainian guests and music
On August 17, a reading from the book “Verlassenes Land” took place in the Community House in Alfter in front of an audience of about 65 people, including many Ukrainians. Author Dr. Knuth Martens gave insight into the moving days of the aid transport, which he himself accompanied. The evening was accompanied by two musicians, Diana and Maria (15 and 16) from Kiev. The church choir Sankt Cäcilia from Alfter-Impekoven summed up the evening with an excellently selected contribution: “Imagine all the people, livin’ life in peace…” The peace song by John Lennon.
With human joy through the summer – here’s what’s new
Back from the summer break, the Menschenfreude team hopes you had a few nice, sunny weeks. Just like us. Some of us took a little time off, others were active throughout in the spirit of the good cause. What’s new at Menschenfreude e.V., we tell you today.
Ukraine aid, school satchel campaign and well construction in Madagascar… in august it will go on here…
With the start of the summer vacations, we are also taking a short summer break in the Menschenfreude media. Behind the scenes, however, things are continuing apace: for example, with the school bag campaign run by Janine and Olli Drathen* in Bonn. Jürgen Perteck is involved with the well construction project in Madagascar, among other things. And the aid transports for the people affected by the war in Ukraine also continue – thanks to many volunteers. In mid-August, we will be back at this point: Among other things, with the author’s reading from “Verlassenes Land” by Dr. Knuth Martens in Alfter.
Verlassenes Land – The book by Knuth Martens – Now published
In March 2022 our first aid transport to the Polish-Ukrainian border took place. In the meantime there were many other actions of Menschenfreude e.V. for the people affected by the war. Knuth Martens, participant of the first relief transport and member of our association, has recorded his touching thoughts and experiences in a paperback book. It can be ordered in all bookstores or online at the price of 13,50€. (ISBN-Nummer 978-9-403-66078-3). The profit from the sale will be donated to Menschenfreude e.V.. In the interview, the author tells how the idea for the book came about.