Sunday, January 13, 2008


The Julius Stern Institute in Berlin provides training for highly talented musical children who are too young for university (but surely German music universities have young students - Jung-studenten - too?).

The pupils are called 'Sternkinder', based on the name of the institute's founder ('Stern' = 'star'). This is doubly unfortunate:
1) afflicting them with the expression 'star' at a young age, and
2) my mother, who was alive at the time, tells me that in Germany between 1933 and 1945 'Sternkinder' were children who had to wear a star sewn onto their clothes. Jewish children, in other words whose life expectancy was limited.

Double ouch! But the institute has been around, in various forms, since 1850....