Donation of photos from the USA

A donation of photos arrived from the USA

Whom the thanks may be, we pronounce it hereby!

Today, we received a letter with beautiful stamps (you can see them in the picture) of two photos which were supposed to have been taken in Portland, OR, USA in the 1920s. In any case, Luckner’s ship “Vaterland” (later: “Mopelia”) can be seen on this.

Unfortunately, there is no reference to a sender on the letter either inside or outside, so we would like to thank the unknown person who gave us this donation in a friendly way.

The donation is in good hands with us and will be preserved for posterity.

Again thank you very much!

New Book in France: “100 Sailors”

On October 11, 2018, in France a new book has been published by Edition Paulsen. Inside of that book you will find biographies of 10o sailors such as Jules Verne, Thor Heyerdahl or Jaques Cousteau.

Ii is a time ago that the editor contacted our society because they wished to include a biography of Felix Count von Luckner. Even that fact is a small sensation as the content of the book mainly was focussed on sailors who stood in a relation to France themselves.

The President of our society, Matthias J. Maurer, offered to write the article on the Count himself, so he in the end did. On the book cover not the names of all sailors could be mentioned but the name of the “Sea Devil” now found his place just beside Heyerdahl and Cousteau!

The book was written in the French language and can now be purchased. It has a hard cover and will be delivered in an additional slipcase.

We can highly recommend that book to all who an read and understand French. If you wish, you can review the book in our office.

Following you will find a detail of the cover and an excerpt of the contents. After that we provide links to the editor and the opportunity purchasing the book.


>>> HERE <<< the editor (Edition Paulsen) introduces the book

>>> HERE <<< you can buy the book (Amazon)


Exhibition at a Lounge in Halle

An exhibition was opened in the station lounge of Halle (Saale) Central Station on October 30, where portraits of Halle personalities can be seen.

The paintings are paintings of the Halle artist Hans Joachim Triebsch, and as a basis, photographs of Peru John were taken.

All persons presented there have prepared a statement regarding the city of Halle.

Among these persons is also the president of our company, Matthias J. Maurer.

In this article you will find impressions of the exhibition as well as the statement with which Maurer vehemently advocates the finally due tribute of Felix Count von Luckner.

Little Christmas Market

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, it’s time again. From 5.00 o’clock opens our small Christmas market in the courtyard at the seat of our company.

We look forward to the girls choir Halle-Neustadt, clown Lulo and the music club “Seeteufel” and of course to you, join us and join us in the upcoming advent season.


“Procession of Princes” in Halle

The city of Halle an der Saale has recently received its own “Fürstenzug”, so it was at least recently in the press to read, although a small wink is noted, because in terms of style and size, our hallesche execution is not the original in Dresden to compare.

Nevertheless, our city is a richer attraction richer, because here at the Neuwerk scenes and historical figures from the history of Halle are presented. So we find Cardinal Albrecht, Martin Luther and more recently Hans-Dietrich Genscher. We as von Luckner Society are particularly pleased that the end of the war in 1945 found a worthy presentation. Thanks to financial support from the membership of our society and an own contribution, we were able to participate in the financing of the great project.

The result of the entire system is something to be proud of, and we are already inviting all citizens of the city of Halle to take a look at the new tourist highlight of the city hall, it’s worth it.

On the two pictures on the left you can see the two artists Benjamin Klisch and Sven Gutzeit at work, so here you are creating “our” picture.

Bells of Peace – April 19, 2018

Traditionally, the church bells of Halle will ring for 10 minutes on 19 April at 10:55.

It is at this time the “peace bells of Halle”

The occasion is the commemoration of the largely peaceful end of the war in 1945, but the peace bells are always meant to send a message to today’s world, and a look at recent events in the Middle East shows that peace must always be fought over again and again unfortunately not self-evident.

The international Felix Graf von Luckner Society hereby invites the Halle residents to listen to the peace bells at the foot of the Marktkirche.

Incidentally, this year we are collecting for the renovation of the church and hereby express our gratitude for the many years of support with regard to our project of ringing the “peace bells of Halle”!


Vernissage at Bismarckturm

On April 14, in beautiful weather around lunchtime, the exhibition “Timberwolves – Halle / Germany – Felix Count von Luckner” was opened in the Bismarkturm in Wettin-Löbejün. We thank the town of Wettin, the hometown club Friedrichsschwert and the actors of the US Army, the Reenactment Men under the direction of Thomas Frisch.

With wonderful weather we could open that excibition

Impressions of that day


Received a SEA EAGLE commemorative script from Tahiti


Anläßlich der 100. Wiederkehr der legendären Fahrt der SEEADLER, welche in 1917 ihr Ende in einem heute zu Tahiti gehörendem Territorium nahm, gab die “Gesellschaft der Ozeanologie” (Société des Études Océaniennes) eine Erinnerungsschrift heraus mit umfangreichen Fakten, reich bebildert und sicher mit Arbeit und Energie hergestellt.

Diese in französischer Sprache abgefaßte Schrift sendete man unserer Gesellschaft zu unsere großen Freude zu. Mit gleicher Freude nahmen wir zur Kenntnis, daß wir in erwähnter Schrift eine Erwähnung fanden als der Verein, der sich das Gedenken an Felix Graf von Luckner und damit auch die Geschicht um die SEEADLER aufrecht erhält.

Die Schrift wird selbstredend ihren würdigen Platz in unserer Sammlung finden. Mit unserer Kontaktperson auf Tahiti wurde abgestimmt, daß wir in Verbindung bleiben, denn man hat dort Interesse an unserer Arbeit hier in Halle!

We have to thank! – Secrets about a donation in kind.

Today we have to express our deep thanks, but we do not know whom to thank.

The background is, that we received a big envelope containing a a large collection of items on the von Luckner issue, such as photos (some of them completely unknown for us!), newspaper articles and many things more. There was a writing enclosed explaing us, that the senders found the collection in an appartment at Kiel to be vacated. They were told to send these things to us and did like assigned.

Nowhere we could find an information on the sender, no name, no address at all.

So we decided to choose this way to express our deep thanks to those who donated this wonderful collection to us. We really hope that you will read this. Indeed the collection was preserved from being lost and will now be part of our collection. The items are in “good hands”.

Thank you once more, we very much appreciate your donation.

Matthias J. Maurer


Centenary of Count Felix Von Luckner’s escape from Motuihe Island and Capture of the Moa

Dear members and friends,

at island Motuihe, where Count von Luckner had been interned as as POW, in November 5 this year the 100th anniversary of his escape was mentioned by a celebration. You must know that “our” Count in New Zealand is a kind of a hero and has not been forgotten up to now.

From Halle/Germany, unfortunately, nobody could be there but our President sent a note to New Zealand and they found one to read the words he had writte before. Obviously some liked it because we already received a reaction by one visitor. Thank you for this.

Enclosed you will find the message of our President …

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

dear friends in New Zealand,

it is an amazing story indeed!

The cruise of the Sea Eagle, becoming a Prisoner of War, the escape and recapture, you all will know about that story better than I do.

But there is more to be told on that issue, more about that Count to be told and you all should be happy that I am not personally among you, because now I would start talking for hours… no, just kidding, but indeed I could do so.

To be honest, I would love to be on Motuihe Island today and I send you my warmest wishes and regards on behalf of myself an on behalf of the international Felix Count von Luckner Society. Indeed, someday I will be in your country, I promise!

My first memories on Felix Count von Luckner are dating back to the early 90ies of last century. During researches I met veterans of the US Infantry Division who took my hometown Halle in 1945.

Not only one veteran emphasized:  “You should never forget Felix Count von Luckner, the famous sailor from World War I, the ‘Sea Devil’. The city of Halle is in deep dept and gratitude to him.”

“Felix Count von what?” I thought, and „… a sailor in Halle?“ Maybe I had heard his name before, but did nothing know about this man and could smell a kind of mystery and adventure.

Of course, I wanted to know more, and during the years up to now I got much more!

I learned about the above mentioned “Cruise of the Sea Eagle”, the time that Felix spend in the US, the amazing story of saving my hometown, the fact of rescuing a Jewish lady from being displaced to a concentration camp and many things more. I realized that the story to be told about Motuihe Island is a part of a big mosaic, a part of a life of one man! So many stories, could they fit in only one single life? Indeed, they did!

Felix Count von Luckner, in my opinion…, well, his name should not miss among the great names of the last century. He stood for peace and international understanding, the same reasons we are now organized in our Felix Count von Luckner Society.

Please, feel free to learn more of us, feel free to contact us. But for the moment stand together at Motuihe Island enjoying the moment. We will be with you in our hearts.

Best regards from Germany

Matthias J. Maurer

President of the Felix Count von Luckner Society