Monday , 18 December 2017
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Stuart J’s Lens: German-Born Rainer Schulte Turned Childhood of War into Life as Educational Pioneer

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

into fear.

We are

women and children

crouched in the deep depth

of a bomb shelter

sweating silent cries

into dark echoes.

We are women

and children.

Bullets

begin to scream

through the valley

and resound

in frozen faces of fear.

We are

women and children.

A white flag

of desperation

silences the bullets.

We are

women and children.

– Rainer Schulte

Stuart J’s Lens provides the opportunity to get to know some of the more interesting people and personalities in and around McKinney. If you think you have a story to tell, or know someone that does, send me an email at spearlman@townsquarebuzz.com and tell me all about it.

About the Author

Stuart J. Pearlman is a Marketing and Communications Consultant living in McKinney. His video column, Stuart J’s Lens can be seen weekly on TownSquareBuzz.com. Follow Stuart on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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