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Schiller: Poet of Freedom and Justice

While reading Biesecker’s article, it caught my attention when she mentioned that societies reconstruct their pasts instead of recording them. What and how a society remembers can be visible in that society’s memorials.

Schiller’s memorial is located in Rochester, NY. The first things I found interesting in the monument were the words: “Drama” and “Poetry” written on the sides of the statue. I later found out that he was a well recognized poet and dramatist that collaborated with Goethe to make the Weimar Theatre.

This memorial was made in 1908 and is located in the center of the park. The imposing bronze face of Schiller is at the top of a plate with the following statement: “Schiller poet of Freedom and Justice”. The monument is a part of the German-American community in the Rochester Area.


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