The selected fellows to work at the Thomas Mann House in 2019 are:
Prof. Dr. Frido Mann, grandson of Thomas Manns, will travel to the Thomas Mann House as Honorary Fellow. Burghart Klaußner, who was nominated as a fellow in 2018, will start his fellowship in 2019.
Thomas Mann House in Pacific Palisades, CA, inaugurated
On June 18, 2018, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier officially opened the Thomas Mann House.
At the end of 2016, the German Federal Government acquired the former house of the writer Thomas Mann in his US exile. Situated in 1550 San Remo Drive, Pacific Palisades, California, the Thomas Mann House is still being renovated.
The first fellows will likely move in early summer 2018. The fellows, outstanding personalities, who come from the fields of culture, politics, business, media, and science, will live in Mann’s former exile home from three up to ten months in order to engage in an intensive exchange with US-American institutions and personalities. These fellowships are supported by the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung for a period of at least five years with 1.5 million euros.
On Tuesday September 19, 2017, the first fellows to be send across the Atlantic as intellectual ambassadors in early summer of 2018 have been announced:
Berthold Leibinger emphasized his strong commitment to the United States of America which, together with his affection for Thomas Mann as a writer with a critical political mind, constitutes the firm involvement of the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung to assist with the refurbishment of Thomas Mann’s exile home as well as to financially support the fellowships.
The Involvement of the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung
The Berthold Leibinger Stiftung will support the fellowships for at least five years and with 1.5 million euros. The foundation aims to foster the memory of Thomas Mann, his life, his time in exile, his intellectual environment and his family, as well as his literary and political work created in his Californian home. A catalogue will be published in German and English and will be made available for both fellows and guests. The Berthold Leibinger Stiftung is providing between 0.5 to 1 million euros for this purpose. An additional million is provided by the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung in order to furnish and equip the house. In this regard, the classical modern German design aims to convey an actual image of Germany.
All in all, the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung gives 3 to 3.5 million euros for this project. While this dedication is partly based on the heritage of Thomas Mann, it also represents a strong commitment to vivid transatlantic relations between Germany and the United States of America.
Berthold Leibinger has committed himself to endorse the acquisition of the exile domicile of Thomas Mann as early as November 2016. This commitment helped the German Federal Foreign Office to also get the budget committee to finance the project.
The property is run by the Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e.V., an institution which already supervises a cultural residence in the former home of Marta and Lion Feuchtwanger in Pacific Palisades, only ten minutes away from the Thomas Mann House.