I took many pictures when I was in Handelshochschule Leipzig during 2005. These pictures are masterpieces which I have taken at Europe. Inspired by aesthetic enlightenment, I would like to share my thoughts and memories at there with some pictures. 

Jeonghwan Choi

Do you know "Leipzig," the city of Bach at Germany? 

Photo: Statue of Johann Sebastian Bach at St. Thomas Church.

Johann Sebastian Bach worked as cantor at St. Thomas Church (1723-1750) in the city. Baptized by profound 'spirit of Leipzig,' he developed music as an art. 

Photo: St. Thomas Church.

The birth place of "Music as an art," the St. Thomas Church was damaged during the World War II, and it was reestablished just after the war. However the statue of Felix Mendelssohn, another great musician, located in front of the church, destroyed by NAZI for his Jewish background, was rebuilt after 54 years later after the war.  

Photo: Statue of Faust in front of Keller.
Young Goethe was inspired by the city, and got a venue of a scene for 'FAUST.' A professor at University of Leipzig was the model of Faust. The city nurtured Goethe's deep thinking and understanding about 'human.' 

Photo: STASI Museum at Leipzig.
Yes, the human as a free creature...  

But the cultural citizens were suffered from severe and harsh restriction of human right during Communistic East German Regime, represented by STASI (the secret police). 

Photo: Statue at Altes Rathaus (old city hall) Leipzig.
The citizens could not make smile or talking with their friends, which was the most unbearable thing for these delightful, social, and cultural people. 

Photo: Cross at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.
Under the communistic regime, many citizens were arrested and killed for their conscience. 

Photo: Star in the St. Thomas Church, Leipzig. 
One day on May 1968, a young physics student (Harald Fritsch) at University of Leipzig protested the regime and flagged a 'freedom' and 'stop killing culture' in front of Gewanthaus (Opera house) at the center of the city during a big communist ritual.  

He had nothing but escaping the city with his friends. He could not expect it would take more than 30 years to come back to the city again. 

Photo: Candles in Notre Dame at Paris. 
On 1989, the seed of fire vitalize a big 'fire.'  

Every Monday, Leipzig people came together in front of a church and prayed for peace and human right. They felt like they were reborn as true 'Leipziger,' who loved people and respected culture. 

Photo: Berlin central train station. 
Candles, lightened up by Leipziger, spread out whole German areas and all European countries. 

Photo: Bear, th Mascot of Berlin, Berlin. 
The light finally reached to heart of the country, and people talked about 'Be the one.' 

Photo: Brandenburg, Berlin. 
On 1990, the separated country became 'one.' 

Photo: Statues of Angels, Versaille, Paris. 
Leipzigers (citizens of Leipzig) trumpeted their recovering 'cultural human beings.' 

Photo: Bugatti, Berlin. 
The city is now accommodating many top notched companies like BMW, Porsche, DHL, and Amazon.de. 

But their proud of Leipzigers' 'culture' is just started. 

They are aiming to nurturing the second Bach, Mendelssohn, Goethe, Leipniz, Nitsche, and great business people as well. 

A seed of fire, though it seems very weak and humble, can change a world only if it is for 'human right.' 


City of Leipzig: 

Thomas Church: 

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Copyleft: All photos are taken by Jeonghwan choi, I cordially do not request any copyright once it is correctly referred.

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