Stoltze Museum of Frankfurt Savings Bank
“Un es will mer net in de Kopp enei, wie kann nor e Mensch net von Frankfort sei” (“And it does not want to enter my head how someone could not be from Frankfurt”), are the most famous lines by Friedrich Stoltze (1816-1891), to whom Frankfurt Savings Bank (Frankfurter Sparkasse) dedicated his own small museum in the Renaissance Steps Tower, a historical landmark. The permanent exhibition on the life and work of the popular author extends over the 120 steps from the tower’s basement to its top floor. The exhibition was reorganised visually in general, and in terms of content, at the beginning of 2008. A time bar leads visitors chronologically along the events in the life of the Frankfurt literary figure.
Historical photographs, drawings and a few selected texts illustrate the life and work of the popular author, whose biography is closely connected with the most important personalities and events in 19th century German history. Friedrich Stoltze personally took part in the Hambacher Fest in 1832 and the revolution of 1848/49. The Prussian occupation of Frankfurt in 1866 forced the author to go into exile for a few months. In his most important literary work, the satirical weekly “Frankfurt Latern”, he commented critically on the creation of the German Empire in 1871. It did not correspond to Stoltze’s ideals as a convinced democrat and republican, and many times he was censured for lèse-majesté and defaming Bismark.
The exhibition also includes personal objects and furniture from Stoltze’s estate. Small special exhibits, publications, readings and guided tours examine individual aspects of Stoltze’s creative work.
Stoltze-Museum im Kundenzentrum der Frankfurter Sparkasse
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