by Stuart J. Pearlman, TSB Staff
Walking into Rainer Schulte’s home office of 38 years in the historic section of McKinney, one might think they stepped into library stacks personally designed by the absent-minded professor. He moved to town in 1975 not long after accepting a position teaching in the Arts and Humanities department at the newly established University of Texas at Dallas.
According to his UTD bio, “Schulte is a translator, poet, playwright, essayist, and critic of contemporary international literature. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan.He studied philosophy for several years at the Gutenberg University in Mainz and was a student in the master class for piano at the Music Academy in Darmstadt.”
His credentials are completely impressive but the story that quiets the room is that of a young child in Germany during one of the most horrific periods our world has ever experienced, World War II.
“I grew up with the American army,” Schulte said. “Our house was one of the first to be occupied by the American army. They gave us 20 minutes to get out.”
While watching this video interview don’t be surprised if you grin knowingly as Schulte discusses his philosophy of teaching the student of the 21st century or if your understanding turns to emptiness as he recalls his memories of being a small boy in 1945 Germany.
Schulte’s book, “The Camera on the War” is a collection of poems he wrote and photographs of a world most of us never knew and hope to never experience.
“We Are Women And Children” is just one story of his survival.
WE ARE WOMEN AND CHILDREN
A blue sky
cut the day
women and children
crouched in the deep depth
of a bomb shelter
sweating silent cries
into dark echoes.
We are women
begin to scream
through the valley
in frozen faces of fear.
women and children.
A white flag
silences the bullets.
women and children.
– Rainer Schulte
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