Jeff’s Gallery: Wilhelm Voigt, the “Captain of Köpenick ”

Wilhelm Voigt, the “Captain of Köpenick ”

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Wilhelm Voigt, a perfect example that in the long run, crime pays. image from true-crime-story.de

As kids we all use to play pretend. We’d imagine ourselves as things as pirates, superheroes and cowboys. When we got older some of us continued as cosplay and LARP (live action role play) at conventions and other special events.  Lets not forget, of course, the crazy world of acting. Still, for some, the thrill of being a person you aren’t especially when it actually fools others into believing the whole thing was real! Such is the case on October 16, 1906 in the town of Köpenick , in the German Empire, just east of Berlin when a small company of soldiers invaded the town hall.

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Köpenick is now Treptow-Köpenick, borough of Berlin. image form en.wikipedia.org

Friedrich Wilhelm Voigt (I believe it is pronounced voy-get) was born on February 13, 1849 in the Kingdom of Prussia in the town of Tilsit, now Sovetsk in Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia. He was a shoemaker by trade but dabbled in burglary, theft and forgery throughout his life. He served a total of 25 years in prison; the longest sentence was for 15 years for a failed burglary. After he was released early in 1906 he became a hobo until he made it to Berlin where he lived with his sister. He tried to work legitimately but was expelled as an “undesirable” mainly just because he was an ex-convict. He officially left for Hamburg but continued to live in the city as an unregistered resident.

On October 16 of that year, Wilhelm Voigt made a costume of an army captain by buying different parts from various pawn shops and quit his job at a shoe factory. He went to a local army barracks and ordered four grenadiers and a sergeant to come with him. They also passed a shooting range and commandeered six more soldiers. Since the German Empire had such a strong militarist mind-state, the men followed him without a single question. “Captain” Voigt took his men to the town of  by Köpenick train, occupy the city hall, and to prevent all called from Berlin for one hour. He ordered the town mayor and treasurer to be arrested for “crocked bookkeeping” and confiscated over 4000 gold marks from the treasury. He told his troops to remain on guard for a half hour and went to the train station, changed back into civilian clothes and fled with the money.

However the newspapers and army soon did some investigation and found the truth of his little scheme. Wilhelm was captured and arrested ten days after the event for impersonating an officer, forgery and false arrest and was sentenced to four years in prison. Fortunately the public opinion was on his side and Kaiser Wilhelm II pardoned him on August 16 1908. It was rumored that the German Emperor found the hoax too amusing and was pleased on hearing how well the soldiers followed orders without question. After he was pardoned and made a fortune capitalizing the event.

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Wilhelm’s actual uniform and saber on display in Köpenick’s local museum. image from flickr.com

Wilhelm Voigt would tour all over Germany and the United States (he entered through Canada due to immigration authorities not granting him a visa) appearing at amusements parks, restaurants, variety shows and theaters in his army captain uniform retelling the event. He even  had a wax statue in London’s famous Madame Tussaud wax museum and wrote a book about his adventure. In 1910 he moved to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg . Here he  retired from touring and returned to shoe making.He was financially ruined due to the post WWI inflation but revived a pension from a wealthy widow. He died on January 3, 1922 and is buried among royalty in the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City. His grave even puts him as the Captain of Köpenick .

To think, a simple cobbler and petty crook could make a farce out of an entire world power and now rests with nobility. image from findagrave.com

Wilhelm Voigt continues to remain a folk hero in the town of Köpenick. His life and scheme has been made into a play in 1931 by the German writer Carl Zuckmayer and has also been made into a movie a number of times, usually with a bit of a catch-22 then added (no registered address-no job, no job-no registered address). The Köpenick city hall has the uniform on display and  honored with a statue at the entrance for the brilliant scoundrel and prankster who made a dummy out of the German Empire’s military lifestyle.

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German poster for the 1956 version. I would like to see some of the these movies sometime. image form imdb.com

Under the Sun by Sydney

Once upon a time…………………….

There was a hunchback named Tyler, who was shunned due to his appearance, until, one day, he saw a young woman named Ginger, who had a beautiful smile. They decided to fly to Milan and spend the summer there, basking in the sunlight and ocean waves. They also agreed to get married in Frankfort, Germany. They adopted quintuplets from France and also adopted a litter of 115 dalmatians. They lived in a huge mansion in Barcelona, Spain. They went skydiving in Japan and dived for pearls too. They hiked to the top of Mount Everest, where they held a wine tasting party. They also learned how to operate a twin engine jet ski. They ziplined across the Grand Canyon and bungee jumped into a dormant volcano. They did a lot of wild and crazy things together. They decided to work together in a bakery and created the world’s biggest red velvet cake. It was the size of a mountain. They invited everyone in Eastern Europe to eat the cake. Tyler and Ginger went white water rafting down the Colorado River in June for 2 weeks in a pair of small boats.

The Peanut Butter Falcon movie review by Sydney

A truly inspiring story , THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON is the story of Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to achieve his dream of being a student at the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck. A unique turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler, a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they embark on a wild adventure together and cross paths with Eleanor, a worker at the nursing home, who was charged with finding Zak and bringing him back there. But no one had ever asked Zak what he wanted to do, so he threw the car keys into the river and she was forced to go with them on a homemade raft down the river. Their journey was certainly wild. In my opinion, the movie should be 100 stars because it was a perfect example of the struggles some people face every day. One of the things that was so amazing about the movie was the fact that one of the actors had Down Syndrome, which made the movie even more fascinating.Image result for peanut butter falcon

I think there should be more opportunities in the movie,t.v. and music industries for people with challenges.  The movie offered a unique insight into the world of people with special challenges. There are many different kinds of people who don’t often get a chance to really be heard. If only people would stop being prejudiced and really listen, the world would be a better place.

Lindsey Vonn Retirement

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Jake M.

Lindsey Vonn was an American skier who spent 19 seasons on the World Cup Tour. She is also a decorated Olympian who competed for the U.S. Olympic team. She finished her Career on February 11th 2019 after receiving a bronze medal in the World Ski Championships downhill time trials discipline. Lindsey Vonn’s career, which was the most dominant all-time, was also riddled by injuries.

Two major Injuries late in her career caused her to miss most of the 2013 season and the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Lindsey Vonn’s resilience is a true inspiration.

List of major accomplishments:

  1. Four Olympic appearances (2002, 2006, 2010, 2018)
  2. Thee Olympic medals (including a gold medal in 2010)
  3. 82 World Cup wins
  4. 137 podiums
  5. Four overall titles
  6. 16 discipline titles

Feathered Friends: A SIDE by SIDE Community Workshop at SEEDs for Autism

At SEEDs for Autism, our ongoing series of workshops provide new opportunities to empower our participants and encourage them to GROW. These talented young adults gain confidence interacting with the community as they assist our staff during these educational and inspirational events. We hope you will join us this Saturday to explore your creativity, make new friends and be part of this life-changing experience!

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Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us(Preview)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us. This movie is a direct sequel to the 2017 film Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! The story setting in this movie takes place in Fura City during the Fura City’s “Wind Festival.”

 

The cast of characters in this movie are Ash Ketchum (main hero), Pikachu (Ash’s pokemon partner/best friend), Risa (a highschooler/rookie trainer), Eevee (Risa’s pokemon partner) Rick (Risa’s little brother), Toren (a timid, pokemon researcher), Chansey (Toren’s pokemon partner) Callahan (a braggart), Sudowoodo (Callahan’s pokemon partner) Harriet (an eccentric, old lady), Margo (a mysterious girl) and Oliver (Margo’s father).

 

The Legendary Pokemon that are featured in this movie are Lugia (Johto region)(Psychic/Flying type) and Zeraora (Alola region)(Electric type).

 

In conclusion, I believe that this movie is a remake/remastered version of the 2nd pokemon film The Power of One and that it will be the most popular pokemon movie thus far.