Annette Kuhn Foundation    
The seven rooms Room 1: Matriarchal Cultures 40.000 - 3000 BC   Room 2: Women in the encounter of cultures 3000 BC - 1350 BC   Room 3: Women's Pathways towards Modernity 1350 - 1550   Room 4: Women's Movements in Europe 1550 - 1850   Room 5: Gender Democracy in Germany 1850 -1938   Room 6: Women's politics and fascism 1938 - 1958   Room 7: Female visions and concepts of the One World
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The Founder
Annette Kuhn in 1938 Annette Kuhn was born May 22, 1934 in Berlin, the second child of classicist Käthe Kuhn, née Lewy, and philosopher Helmut Kuhn. In her autobiography Ich trage einen goldenen Stern - Ein Frauenleben in Deutschland [I am wearing a golden star - A woman's life in Germany], Berlin 2003 Annette Kuhn recounts childhood experiences in english and U.S. emigration and the difficulty for a child of exile to reintegrate into the everyday life of Käthe Lewy in the 1920s German schooling after 1948. Shaped by the silence in her family and in German post-war society it was only as an adult that she began to trace her Jewish roots.

Therefore, the foundation is closely related to the memory of her mother who eventually in 1959, together with Helmut Gollwitzer and Reinhold Schneider, published the volume Du hast mich heimgesucht bei Nacht. Abschiedsbriefe und Aufzeichnungen des Widerstandes 1933 - 1945 [You came for me in the night. Farewell letters and notes from the resistance 1933-1945].

In 1964 Annette Kuhn took the chair of Medieval and Contemporary History at the Pedagogical University Bonn, at the time the youngest female professor in West-Germany. She published pathbreaking works on critical pedagogy in history and peace pedagogy. Since the 1980s the women's movement increasingly shaped her scientific work. In 1986 she received the first professorship in women's history.

Käthe Kuhn in the 1950sThe "philospher with a teacher's sensibility and teacher with philosophical passion" (Aufbau-Verlag) was and remains an instigator: Barred from 1992 to 1996 from being an examiner she remained a mentor for students who wanted to try their skills in applied projects. Her office at Schlosskirche (the church in the baroque palace that houses the University of Bonn) was both editorial office and history workshop. She initiated numerous projects that have made visible the life and work of women throughout history, including a series of original sources Frauen in der Geschichte [Women in history] and Chronik der Frauen [Womens' chronicle]. A complete list of publications by and about Annette Kuhn is available at the Catalogue of the German National Library.

Annette Kuhn in the year she took her first academic chairIn June 1999 Annette Kuhn became emerita; her women's history chair has not been filled since. In early 2000 she founded the association House of Women's History. She continues to be the scientific director of the POLITEIA-Project and co-editor of Spirale der Zeit [Spiral of time] and Schriftenreihe Haus der FrauenGeschichte [Publications from the House of Women's History]. In 2004 she received the Johanna Loewenherz Prize and in 2006 the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of federal merit).

Annette Kuhn at the opening of her foundation October 2009In the recently published Historia - Frauengeschichte in der Spirale der Zeit [Historia - Women's history in the sprial of time] Annette Kuhn presents her notion of the seven Zeit-Räume or time spaces of history [the German word Zeit-Raum literally means ‚time room' and signifies era or epoch]. Apparent in each of these time spaces is a matriarchal pattern of women's thinking and doing. This pattern spread through the middle Eastern cultures and crucially influenced the Christian middle ages and modern Europe.

With her foundation Annette Kuhn took an important step towards realising her vision of creating a real House of Women's History.

She is looking forward to your support!
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