About the Institute


The goal of the Karl König Institute is the material, financial and idealistic support of the Karl König Archive, and all the social, artistic and cultural initiatives that emerge from or are connected to the various publications.

Particular objectives include building competent working groups to support the editions of Karl König’s legacy, following up and deepening research directions, and promoting research by spoken and written word and through activities.

About the Karl König Institute


The Karl König Institute for Art, Science and Social Life is a non-profit organisation, registered in Berlin, Germany, and responsible for managing the Karl König Archive, related publications and the book catalogue.

The institute’s primary tasks are to support and co-ordinate the Archive, including editing, publishing and together with partners around the world, promoting both existing and new editions of Karl König's work. Any donations which are not specifically designated to individual projects are used solely for this main purpose.

Key aims of the Karl König Institute:

  • Publication of comprehensive new editions, making Karl König's work available to the general public and to a new generation audience
  • Establishment of 12 subject areas to co-operate and assist professionals internationally in the process of editing Karl König's literary estate
  • Continuation of Karl König's research aims
  • Initiate and support publications and events related to these research areas, and
  • Encourage and implement international networking and co-operation with initiatives and institutions that have similar aims.


Dr Karl König (25 September 1902 – 27 March 1966)

Dr Karl König was an Austrian born paediatrician-physician, author and lecturer. He began his work at the Institute of Embryology at the University of Vienna. In 1940, he founded the Camphill Movement, in Scotland, now an international initiative of therapeutic intentional communities for those with special needs or disabilities, as also based on the educational principals of Rudolf Steiner.

His ideas, work and publications in a range of subject areas are highly acclaimed around the world and have been the inspiration for many initiatives over the years.


Below is a short extract from Karl König's address on May 7th 1964 at the opening ceremony of the Camphill School Föhrenbühl at the Lake of Constance about the Purpose and Value of Curative-Educational Work.

“We need to join together again in communities, but such communities that are not governed by bonds of blood but by spiritual principles that incite us to strive together and work for each other. There a mood can be set where adults and children can live in unison; important and not so important people, able and not so able but nonetheless in reciprocal appreciation of the dignity of the individual. Only when a new style of community is formed in this way will it become possible for children and young people to reach an expression of their true being out of which their individual contribution can ensue.”

Leading thoughts, read more


Managing the legacy and work of Karl König with the Archive initiative

As part of the institute’s primary responsibility, Karl König’s biography, work and the original documents are not only made available for research and study, but also to present his many essential and varied impulses and encourage discourse. Indeed, his work are just as relevant today as they were then.

Karl König showed directions and ways towards the renewal of medicine, educational theory, curative education, psychology, inspired from anthroposophical life and research. This applies as well for many areas of practical life such as agriculture, food and crafts for:

  • the individual’s path of development and for social life based on moral individualism
  • a new understanding of the human being, the history of mankind and of religious life
  • an in depth experience of music, literature, painting, architecture and eurythmy, and
  • a practical and contemporary understanding of Rudolf Steiner's anthroposophy.

To this purpose we intend to bring the fruits of Karl König's work and striving newly into the public eye. The work he began needs to be made more available for practical fields of life. As such, we also regularly organise and support exhibitions, publications, talks, and seminars. Access to the archives is essential.


The Camphill Archive

The Camphill Archive has been created to collect, process and make available material pertaining to the history and development of the Camphill Movement – particularly since the death of its founder, Karl König. This includes the literary estates, documents and artistic work of other founders and pioneers of Camphill. Camphill Archive

Apart from the main workplace and office in Scotland (thanks to the Camphill Village Community Newton Dee) regional groups are also being formed, which work in collaboration with the Karl König Institute to collate and assess material locally and to form a contact group within each of the Camphill Regions. At present, such groups are working locally in the Northern European Region (in Norway), in Central Europe (in Switzerland) and for the North American Region (in Copake, New York and Beaver Run, Pennsylvania).


The Kaspar Hauser Research Circle of the Karl König Institute

After the death of the prolific Kaspar Hauser researcher Prof. Dr. Hermann Pies in 1983, his extensive historic document collection passed to the publisher Johannes Mayer in Stuttgart who complimented it successively with his own research and book collection about the theme. 33 years after Pies‘ death, in 2016 this precious collection was given to the hands of Eckart Böhmer who has created the Kaspar Hauser Festivals in Ansbach where Kaspar died in 1833. He has directed these festivals every two years since 1998. Since 2016 these festivals have also spread to the United States.

The substantial legacy now needs to be processed and archived so that it can serve future research and public access. In order to accomplish this, Eckart Böhmer founded the Kaspar Hauser Research Circle together with Richard Steel here at the Karl König Institute. The Circle sees a further task in the continuation of research into the enigma Kaspar Hauser and in finding contemporary paths to reach out with this work into general society.

Director: Eckart Böhmer
Council: Dr Anne Weise, Winfried Altmann, Richard Steel


Become a Friend!

We value the members of our Circle of Friends very highly! They are our supporters – financially, ideally and practically (and in any combination of the three!) It‘s easy to join us – you can choose your own contribution from a minimum of €50 per year which can be paid monthly, quarterly or annually. In return we will send you our Newsletter that is published twice each year in addition to monthly updates by email; we will let you know about events, publications and other interesting things and you will be invited to our Institute gatherings. And we are always interested to hear from you! Just fill in the application form and you are a Friend!

  • Mission Statement
  • Karl König Biography
  • Leading Thoughts
  • Karl König Archive
  • Camphill Archive
  • Kaspar Hauser Research
  • Friends

An International Perspective



Compito dell'Istituto è il supporto concreto, finanziario e ideale, dell'Archivio Karl Koenig, assieme a tutte le iniziative sociali, artistiche e culturali che scaturiscono dal lavoro dell'Archivio o sono connesse ad esso. Leggi anche


La responsabilità per l’opera di Karl König impone, per carattere peculiare e varietà, di mettere a disposizione non solo la sua biografia, la sua opera e i documenti originali per la ricerca e lo studio, ma anche di presentare i suoi considerevoli impulsi validi ancora oggi mettendoli attivamente in discussione.

A partire dalla pratica di vita e ricerca antroposofica Karl König ha additato direttive per il rinnovamento di medicina, pedagogia, pedagogia curativa, psicologia e ambiti di vita concreta come agricoltura, alimentazione e attività manuali;

  • per il percorso evolutivo dell’individuo e una vita sociale basata sull’individualismo etico;
  • per una nuova concezione dell’uomo, della storia umana e del fattore religioso;
  • per una approfondita esperienza della musica, della letteratura, della pittura, dell’architettura e dell’euritmia;
  • per un accesso concreto, conforme ai tempi, all’antroposofia di Rudolf Steiner

In questo senso le sorgenti del lavoro di tutta una vita di Karl König vanno nuovamente divulgate con pubblicazioni, conferenze, seminari, aggiornamenti, mostre, e vanno messe a disposizione per gli ambiti di vita pratici. Accesso e contatti agli archivi vanno resi possibili.

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O objetivo do instituto é dar suporte ao arcivo Karl König em termos materiais, financeiros e ideais como tambem á todas as iniciativas culturais, sociais e artísticas conectadas com o trabalho do arcivo ou que surgem atravês deste trabalho. Ler mais

Archivio still to come

La responsabilità per l’opera di Karl König impone, per carattere peculiare e varietà, di mettere a disposizione non solo la sua biografia, la sua opera e i documenti originali per la ricerca e lo studio, ma anche di presentare i suoi considerevoli impulsi validi ancora oggi mettendoli attivamente in discussione.

A partire dalla pratica di vita e ricerca antroposofica Karl König ha additato direttive per il rinnovamento di medicina, pedagogia, pedagogia curativa, psicologia e ambiti di vita concreta come agricoltura, alimentazione e attività manuali;

  • per il percorso evolutivo dell’individuo e una vita sociale basata sull’individualismo etico;
  • per una nuova concezione dell’uomo, della storia umana e del fattore religioso;
  • per una approfondita esperienza della musica, della letteratura, della pittura, dell’architettura e dell’euritmia;
  • per un accesso concreto, conforme ai tempi, all’antroposofia di Rudolf Steiner

In questo senso le sorgenti del lavoro di tutta una vita di Karl König vanno nuovamente divulgate con pubblicazioni, conferenze, seminari, aggiornamenti, mostre, e vanno messe a disposizione per gli ambiti di vita pratici. Accesso e contatti agli archivi vanno resi possibili.

Karl König Institut
Meiereifeld 35
14532 Kleinmachnow

office 'at' karlkoeniginstitute.org

Das Original- Archiv

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Cílem institutu je materiální, finanční a ideová podpora Archivu Karla Königa a sociálních, uměleckých a kulturních iniciativ, které vycházejí z práce Archívu nebo jsou s ní jinak spojeny. Čtěte více


Zodpovědnost za dílo Karla Königa nespočívá jen v závazku vytvořit dostupným jeho životopis, dílo a původní dokumenty pro výzkum a studium, ale představit také podstatné a rozmanité impulsy jeho práce. Ty přinést do současné diskuze a ukázat, že jsou dnes stejně platné, jako byly tehdy.

Karl König ukázal směr a cestu k obohacení medicíny, teorie vzdělávání, léčebné pedagogiky, psychologie, inspirovanými jeho anthroposofickým životem a výzkumem. To platí i pro mnoho oblastí praktického života - například zemědělství, výživa a řemesla,

  • pro individuální osobní cestu vývoje a pro sociální život založený na morálním individualismu;
  • pro nové pojetí chápání lidské bytosti, historie lidstva a náboženského života;
  • pro prohlubování prožitku z hudby, literatury, malování, architektury a eurytmie;
  • pro praktické a moderní chápání anthroposofie Rudolfa Steinera.

Proto máme v úmyslu zveřejňovat výsledky práce a působení Karla Königa zájemcům. Je nutné, aby dílo, které König započal, bylo dostupnější praktickým oblastem života. Proto plánujeme pořádat výstavy, besedy a semináře a vydávat publikace. Zpřístupnění archiválií bude patřit k základním krokem. Prosím, neváhejte nás kontaktovat.

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L'institut travail dans le but de soutenir matériellement, financièrement, spirituellement et intellectuellement les archives de Karl König. De mème, touts initiatives sociales, artistiques et culturelles venant du travail des Archives sont également soutenues et encouragées par l'institution. Lire le suite


Bienvenue à l’Institut international de Karl Konig, pour L’art, la science et la vie sociale.

Le but de l’institut est le soutien matériel, financier et moral des Archives de Karl Konig, ainsi que le soutient de toute initiative culturelle, sociale ou artistique qui découle du travail des Archives.

Objectifs particuliers:

  • Créer des groupes de travail compétant afin de soutenir la publication du travail de Karl Konig
  • suivre et approfondir les différents domaines de recherches de Karl Konig
  • divulguer le travail de Karl Konig à travers des écrits, des rencontres et diverses manifestations

La coopération à l’intérieur de l’Institut est organisée selon des domaines de recherche.

Une association des amis de l’Institut a été créée pour ceux qui souhaitent soutenir notre démarche, les nouveaux membres sont les bienvenus.

Une newsletter est publiée régulièrement. Elle peut être lue sur internet, téléchargée ou bien envoyer par courrier.

Cercle de recherche de Kaspar Hauser

  • Thèmes
  • Médecine et étude de l’être humain
  • Education curative et sociothérapie
  • Psychologie et éducation
  • Agriculture et science
  • Questions sociales
  • Le mouvement Camphill
  • Le Christianisme et les fêtes de l’année
  • Anthroposophie Générale
  • Développement spirituel
  • Histoire et biographie
  • Art et littérature
  • Le Biographie de Karl Konig

Les Archives

Nous avons pour objectif de rendre disponible le travail de Karl Konig, sa biographie et les documents d’origines afin de pouvoir les étudier. Nous nous engageons également à présenter les différentes impulsions qui sont nées de son travail, de dialoguer autour de celles-ci et de démontrer leur pertinence dans le monde d’aujourd’hui.

Karl Konig a impulsé un renouvèlement de la médecine, de l’éducation (curative) et de la psychologie ; il a également oeuvré dans les domaines de l’agriculture, la nutrition et l’artisanat, le tout inspiré de recherches anthroposophiques. Pour le développement personnel et la vie sociale fondée sur l’individualisme moral

  • Pour une nouvelle compréhension de l’être humain, l’histoire de l’humanité et de la spiritualité
  • Pour une profonde expérience de la musique, de la littérature, de la peinture, de l’architecture et de l’eurythmie
  • Pour une compréhension pratique et moderne de l’oeuvre de Rudolph Steiner.

Nous oeuvrons dans ces buts afin de rendre le travail de Karl Konig disponible au grand public. Celui-ci mérite d’être plus largement connu ; c’est pour cela que nous organisons des expositions, des conférences, des séminaires et faisons des publications.

Pour toutes questions ou commentaires contactez-nous.


Dr. Karl Konig est né le 25 septembre 1902 à vienne en Autriche. Il est mort le 27 mars 1966 à Uberlingen, près du lac de Constance, en Allemagne. Tôt dans sa vie, Karl Konig développe un lien fort aux valeurs chrétiennes ainsi qu’un intérêt aux questions sociales.

Karl Konig étudie la zoologie, la biologie, et la médecine à Vienne. Pendant cette période il travaille sur la question de l’évolution des espèces. C’est sa rencontre avec le travail de Goethe sur les sciences naturelles, ses méthodes, et ses approches, qui donnent à Konig une nouvelle direction à suivre dans sa recherche scientifique.

Il publie les résultats de sa première recherche sur les effets de certaines substances homéopathiques lors de son travail comme assistant à l’Institute d’embryologie de Vienne.

Il rencontre ensuite les étudiants de Rudolph Steiner et c’est lors de sa première rencontre avec Ita Wegman qu’elle lui demande de travailler comme assistante au « Klinischtherapeutische Institut » à Arlesheim, en suisse. Le co-fondateur de cette Institution se trouve être Rudolph Steiner.

C’est également à Arlesheim qu’il commence à donner de nombreuses conférences et à proposer des stages, riches en contenu et sur des sujets très divers.

Comme on peut lire dans son livre « Fragment Autobiographique », les racines de sa connexion et de son lien profond avec les enfants porteurs de handicap commencent à Arlesheim.

Apres un voyage en Silésie lors duquel il donne plusieurs conférences, il se marie avec Tilla (Maasberg) qui fait partie de la fraternité de Herrnhute. Pour Konig, c’est le début d’un lien profond avec cette fraternité dont les réflexions et actions sociales et religieuses lui apparaissent comme étant très justes.

A cause de ses origines juives il est obligé d’arrêter son activité de médecin généraliste à l’institut Pilgrimshain, qu’il venait de fonder avec Albrecht Strohschein. Pilgrimshain était un des premiers centres d’éducation curative anthroposophique.

« L’école du travail social », fondée par lui-même et Emil Bock en 1932 doit, elle aussi être fermée.

En 1936, il s’échappe via Prague jusqu'à Vienne où il recommence son travail en tant que médecin généraliste, lequel deux ans plus tard, est déjà un aussi grand succès que lorsqu’il exerçait en Silésie. Durant cette période, il mène un groupe d’étude sur l’anthroposophie avec des jeunes, dont beaucoup sont d’origine juive. Avec ce petit groupe, il est de nouveau obligé de fuir face au contexte politique de l’époque.


Konig et ce groupe de personnes se retrouvent en Ecosse. Le premier Camphill (« Camphill Estate »), le lieu d’origine d’une communauté fondée sur l’éducation curative, se trouve à l’ endroit de la dernière cachette des chevaliers de l’Ordre du Temple. Apres la guerre cette communauté devient le mouvement Camphill et commence à s’exporter dans d’autres pays.

Pour Karl Konig la fondation d’une telle communauté est une manière de réaliser certaines suggestions de Rudolph Steiner lorsque celui-ci parlait d’une vie sociale basée sur la réalité spirituelle.

Il s’est donné pour objectif de reprendre le travail essentiel que le contexte politique d’Europe centrale avait empêché.


En 1966 Karl Konig décède à Uberlingen, (lac de Constance), en Allemagne, près des communautés qu’il avait fondées.

De son vivant, il n’a cessé de soutenir les enfants, adolescents et adultes handicapes, dans la vie pratique, de manière thérapeutique et à travers l’éducation. Le contenu central de sa vie était devenu ce travail mais également ses publications, séminaires et conférences. Il vivait dans la satisfaction d’avoir réussi à créer un « Pont jusqu'au l’Europe central ».

Ses recherches furent variées : médecine, éducation, éducation curative, psychologie, biologie, agriculture, sciences spirituelles, sujets sociaux et religieux.

Une liste de ses publications et un aperçu de la nouvelle Edition de son oeuvre complète, que nous sommes en train de préparer, se trouve sur le lien « Publications ».

Aujourd’hui le mouvement Camphill réunir plus de 100 communautés thérapeutiques dans 20 pays différents.


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  • 実践的、現代的なルドルフ・シュタイナーの人智学理解


Karl König Institut
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Original- Archive

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The Institute’s Core Team


Kurt Becker

Dr. phil. Kurt E. Becker, journalist, communication expert and executive coach, co-founder of the Karl König Institute, publisher of 10 volumes "Rudolf Steiner Selected Works", Frankfurt am Main: 1985, as well as editor and author of more than 40 books on questions of being human in our time.

Regine Bruhn

Born in 1960 in Germany; teacher and educationalist (M.A.); Camphill Seminar in Aberdeen, Scotland; worked and lived for many years in Camphill, Scotland; teaching at the Bodensee Camphill Seminar and at the Waldorf Education Training in Berlin; in the past member of the Council of Camphill Scotland and the Board of the Camphill Village Community Hermannsberg; presently Vice-Chairperson of the Karl König Institute; offers workshops on Karl König's plays regularly.

Cornelius Pietzner

Cornelius Pietzner: served as Managing Director of Mind and Life Europe until 2021. He is Chief Executive Officer of Alterra Impact Finance GmbH, an impact investment firm near Basel, Switzerland He served on the Executive Board at the Goetheanum, General Anthroposophical Society, Switzerland between 2002-2011. He has had leading roles in social impact enterprises, financial management, philanthropy and investments. Cornelius Pietzner serves as Trustee/Advisory Board on a number of organizations and foundations in the USA and Europe. Pietzner was born in Camphill Glencraig, and grew up in Camphill in the United States, where he later had various responsibilities.

Dr. med. Stefan Ruf

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist / Founder of Meander Youth Services, Potsdam, Germany

Between 1992 and 95 he worked in several Camphill Communities in the US, mainly in Minnesota and Pennsylvania – including one year training in curative education. Afterwards medical studies and activities as a doctor in internal medicine, psychiatry, psychosomatics and child and Youth psychiatry. 2013 Co-founder of Meander Youth Services, where he works as a managing director and therapist. He has great interest in bringing together social, ecological, psychological and spiritual issues - in this respect he has great interest in Karl König.

Konrad Schily

Dr. med. Konrad Schily, medical doctor, specialist in neurology and psychiatry, co-founder of the Community Hospital Herdecke, founding president of the University of Witten / Herdecke, co-founder of the European University Foundation, Luxembourg, member of the German Bundestag 2005 to 2009, Consultant and supporter in the development of the Medical University of Brandenburg.

Brigitta Waldow-Schily

Author, art historian. After high school two years in Camphill, in Copake, USA and Pitten, Austria. Then degree in English and Art History, 1991 - 1999 self employed at the Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal and coworker in the education center Hof Kotthausen near Wuppertal. 2001 – 2012 Lecturer at the Artaban School for Artistic Therapy in Berlin. Collaboration with the Karl König Institute since 2013.

Publications: Maria Hiszpańska-Neumann: Life and Work, Info3-Verlag, 2011. Greg Tricker and his Artistic Journey with Kaspar Hauser Info3-Verlag, 2014 (on behalf of the Karl König Institute)

Christoph Hänni

Christoph Hänni was born in Switzerland in 1959, interrupted university studies to spend a year in Camphill School Aberdeen, and never left, living the Camphill live, especially with young adults with special needs, and is still very much involved in day to day community life.

He lives near the Karl König Archive, the rooms where Karl König lived in Camphill House, and where the manuscripts are held, always able to access the originals when required.


General Manager

Richard Steel

Richard Steel studied Linguistics, and then completed a training at the Camphill Seminar for Curative Education in 1975. He lived and worked with his family in a Camphill community for children and youngsters with special needs in Germany until 2008. Since then, he has been in charge of Karl König’s literary estate and founded the Karl König Institute.

Richard is a speaker and poet, and is responsible for the new edition of Karl König’s written works. He has been involved in establishing a Camphill life-sharing community with elderly people in New York State. He is managing director of the Karl König Institute und runs its office in Kleinmachnow near Berlin.

Archive and Research

Anne Weise

Born in Schwerin/Germany. Degree in Cultural Studies in Berlin. PhD in art history in 1995. Lived in the US for several years, working in various Camphill communities. Numerous articles on various topics. Published two books about the Holocaust: “Alfred Bergel Skizzen aus einem vergessenen Leben“, 2014 (English expected 2019), “Marianne Brandt”, 2018 and Robert Fisch „Licht vom Gelben Stern“, 2016. Since 2010 responsible for archive and research in the Karl König Institute. Since 2017 part of the editing team at the Rudolf Steiner Archive, Dornach, Switzerland.

Winfried Altmann

Winfried Altmann studied German and Philosophy in Marburg and Munich, Germany, after which he worked for the publisher Verlag Freies Geistesleben. In 1974 he began working for the publisher Urachhaus in Stuttgart, Germany, and from 1994 for the Rudolf Steiner Verlag in Dornach, Switzerland.

He has now lived in Berlin since 2009, and is a member of the Karl König Institute, where he is responsible for printing and design. He has been involved with the subject of Kaspar Hauser since the 1980s, when Johannes Mayer’s comprehensive Kaspar Hauser documentation was published by Verlag Urachhaus.

John Byrde

Born and bred in southern England, John joined Camphill at Ringwood in 1963 during a break from social sciences studies at Leeds University and followed the Curative Education Seminar at Camphill Schools, Aberdeen. In 1968 he moved to Perceval at St-Prex, Switzerland, where he helped build up the remedial school as teacher, shared a rich community life and married with four children, until in 1993 he moved to Romania where, with his second wife, they lead an initiative for inclusive social development. Since 2014 John has assisted in developing the Camphill Archive.

Cherry How

Born in New Zealand. After graduating from university she travelled to the USA and UK and joined Glencraig Camphill Community in Northern Ireland in 1972, where she was a carer and teacher for nine years. Cherry was active in building up contacts and cooperation among the newly founded Camphill communities in Ireland as the work spread in the 1970s and 1980s. She later moved to other communities throughout Ireland as homemaker, training coordinator and senior coworker.

Since 1990, she has lived in Clanabogan Camphill Community. Cherry has a special interest in training, the cultural activities of the community and community development. She has represented Ireland at international Camphill groups, as well as supporting the development of anthroposophical social care throughout the UK and Ireland. Since 2014 she has been part of the Camphill Archive team.

Anne Martin

Born 1947 in Frankfurt / Main, since 1973 in Berlin. Kindergarten teacher, graduate social pedagogue and social worker. 33 years in Thomas-Haus for Curative Education and. speech therapy (Camphill), curative education with small children.

Since 2011 free for creative work: puppet theater, felting, arts and crafts. Since 2016 active for the Karl König Institute and still connected to the Camphill-ideals.

Manuela Maass

Since January 2020, Manuela Maass has been with the Institute as a part-time helper, looking after everything that has to do with PR, including the database and donations, as well as helping with other administrative and archiving tasks.

After completing the Camphill Seminar, she worked at the Föhrenbühl Camphill School Community before studying cultural and social anthropology (which includes art history) and German-Dutch studies. She has work experience in a museum, in event-management and catering, gardening and various areas of social work, has lived in the US, in Canada and the Netherlands, which means that she brings with her not only pertinent knowledge and experience, but also important language skills.


Articles of Incorporation

I. Name, Location, Business Year

  1. The official name of this association is:
    Karl König Institute for Art, Science and Social Life
    Charitable Association
  2. Location of the association is Berlin.
  3. The association shall be registered with the official register of associations of the District Court of Berlin.
  4. The financial year is the same as the calendar year.

II. Objective of the Association, Application of Financial Resources

  1. The association solely and directly pursues charitable public welfare objectives within the meaning of the section ”tax-deductible purposes” of the tax law.
  2. Objective of the association is the promotion of art, science and research as well as of culture and education.
  3. The objective of the association shall be realised by supporting the work of the Karl König Archives and research projects and scientific events evolving out of it. With the specific purpose to work on, examine and develop questions of ethics and ethical conduct, education and general human education in word, writing and deed. Its operations are based on Karl König's research into art, science and social life as found in his literate estate. Art plays an integral part as a medium of ethical development and as a path of practice in social competence. The ongoing process and the results of its operations shall be made available to the public for cultural and educational purposes. This shall be achieved through publications, through lectures, seminars and exhibitions. All research will be published in a timely manner.
  4. The association acts on non-profit basis. It does not pursue any self-economic purposes.
  5. Resources of the association may only be used for the purposes covered by the statutes.
  6. As a matter of principle, all duties within the association shall be performed in an honorary capacity. In deviation from this principle, members of the executive board may be reimbursed for expenses incurred. Reimbursement shall be made in the form of a flat-rate expense allowance or reimbursement for services rendered (e.g. flat rate for services provided in a honorary capacity in the amount of the tax exempt allowance in accordance with § 3 No. 26A German Income Tax Act.) The decisions of the competent elements of the association, the rules and maximum limits of the tax law as well as the financial capacity of the association shall be decisive.

III. Membership

  1. Any natural or juristic person who wants to support the objective of the association can join the association. The membership application will be considered by the executive board.
  2. A member may resign membership at any time by written notice to the executive board.
  3. The general assembly is authorised to exclude a member from the association with a three-quarters majority of votes of the members present.
  4. Membership shall expire if the stipulated membership dues have not been paid for two years.
  5. The amount of the annual membership dues shall be determined by the general assembly.
I. Name, Location, Business Year
II. Objective of the Association, Application of Financial Resources
III. Membership

IV. General Assembly

  1. A general assembly shall be held at least once a year. It shall be convened by the executive board.
  2. The executive board may convene an extraordinary assembly if it deems it necessary for good cause. It shall convene an extraordinary assembly within two months, if one quarter of the members of the association demands it indicating objective and reasons.
  3. The invitation to an assembly must have been received by the members at least two weeks in advance in writing, announcing time and place of the assembly and the agenda. The invitation to an ordinary assembly shall also include an annual report and information about the number of members.
  4. The assembly shall be presided over by the chairman of the executive board, or in case of being prevented by any other member of the board.
  5. The annual accounts and the report of activities shall be submitted in writing to the assembly for approval and decision on the release of the executive board. The assembly shall appoint two auditors, who shall not belong to the executive board, to audit the accounts including the annual report and to inform the assembly about their findings.
  6. The general assembly shall decide on all matters of the association that are not reserved to the executive board, particularly on changes to the statutes or the dissolution of the association.
  7. The general assembly constitutes a quorum provided it was properly convened. It passes decisions with a majority of the voting members present. Changes to the statutes or the decision to dissolve the association require a three-quarter majority of the voting members present. These decisions can only be passed on due announcement in the invitation to the assembly.
  8. The decisions made in the general assembly shall be recorded in writing and signed by the person presiding over the assembly and the secretary and shall be approved by the subsequent general assembly.

V. Executive Board

  1. The executive board shall consist of the president, the vice president, the secretary, the treasurer and three additional members.
  2. The members of the executive board shall be elected from the members of the association for a period of three years. The board members shall remain in office on expiration of their tenure of office until a new board has been elected. Re-election is possible.
  3. In case of early resignation of a member of the executive board the other members of the executive board shall be entitled to elect a substitute to stand in until the next general assembly. The general assembly may revoke the election of a board member at any time; in this case the general assembly shall elect a successor until the next election of the executive board.
  4. The president and the vice president shall each have the – sole – power of representation of the association, both judicially and extra-judicially. For the purpose of legal acts with other charitable organisations the members of the executive board may be relieved from the restrictions as set forth in Section 181 German Civil Code.
  5. The president shall convene the meeting of the executive board in writing with 4 weeks’ notice announcing the agenda as well as time and place of the meeting. He shall be obligated to convene a meeting within one month if two members of the board demand it.
  6. The executive board constitutes a quorum provided three of its members are present. It passes decisions with a majority of the voting members present. The decisions made in a board meeting shall be recorded in writing and signed by the person presiding over meeting and the secretary.

VI. Dissolution of the Association

  1. In case of dissolution or annulment of the association or the cessation of the current purpose, the resources of the association will devolve upon the following charitable organisation, who shall directly and solely use it for purposes in line with its statutes. „Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners“ gemeinnütziger Verein, Berlin.
IV. General Assembly
V. Executive Board
VI. Dissolution of the Association