Schiller Institute is an international political and economic
think tank, one of the primary organizations of the LaRouche movement,
with headquarters in
Germany and the United States, and supporters in
Australia, Canada, Denmark, Russia, and South America, among others,
according to its website.
The institute's stated aim is to apply the ideas of the poet and
Friedrich Schiller to what it calls the "contemporary
world crisis." The American branch of the Institute publishes a
quarterly magazine, Fidelio, which it describes as a "Journal of
Poetry, Science, and Statecraft." The German branch publishes a
similar magazine called Ibykus, named after Schiller's poem "The
Cranes of Ibykus."
1 Ties to the LaRouche movement
2 Founding and stated aims
3 Political activity
4 Cultural activity
4.2 Verdi tuning
4.3 Other music initiatives
4.4 Drama and poetry
5.1 Allegations of antisemitism
5.2 Cult allegations
5.3 Death of Kenneth Kronberg
8 Further reading
9 External links
Ties to the LaRouche movement
Main article: LaRouche movement
Schiller Institute is closely tied to Lyndon LaRouche. A biography
of LaRouche hosted on institute's website states that "[i]t is his
work and his ideas, that inspired the creation of the international
Schiller Institute, as well as his intellectual and moral leadership
that continue to set the standard for the policies and activity of the
movement." LaRouche's writings are featured prominently in Schiller
Institute communications and he is the keynote speaker at most of the
Schiller Institute's conferences.
Founding and stated aims
The institute was founded at a conference in Wiesbaden, Germany, in
1984 by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, the German-born wife of American
political activist Lyndon LaRouche. Its stated aim is to seek to apply
the ideas of poet, dramatist and philosopher
Friedrich Schiller to the
current global political situation. They emphasize Schiller's concept
of the interdependence of classical artistic beauty and republican
political freedom, as elaborated in his series of essays entitled
Letters on the Aesthetical Education of Man.
On November 26, 1984, the institute released a "Declaration of the
Inalienable Rights of Man," which it describes as "the basis of the
Institute's work and efforts worldwide." It states in part:
We, therefore, Representatives of the Peoples of the World, appealing
to the Supreme Judge of the world, do ... solemnly publish and declare
that all countries of the world are and of right ought to be free and
independent States. That all human beings on this planet have
inalienable rights, which guarantee them life, freedom, material
conditions worthy of man, and the right to develop fully all
potentialities of their intellect and their souls. That, therefore, a
change in the present economic and monetary order is necessary and
urgent to establish justice among the peoples of the world.
— Signators at
Schiller Institute conference
Zepp-LaRouche has explained the need for the
Schiller Institute as
We need a movement that can finally free
Germany from the control of
the Versailles and Yalta treaties, which have tossed us from one
catastrophe to another for an entire century. (Wir brauchen eine
Bewegung, die Deutschland endlich aus der Kontrolle der Kräfte von
Versailles und Jalta befreit, die uns schon ein ganzes Jahrhundert
lang von einer Kastastrophe in die andere stürzt.
— Helga Zepp-LaRouche.
Among the past and present members of the institute's board of
directors are Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Webster Tarpley, Civil rights
leader Amelia Boynton Robinson, former South Carolina State
Assemblyman Theo Mitchell, classical singer William Warfield, former
Guyanese Foreign Minister Frederick Wills, physicist Winston H.
Bostick, and former Borough President of Manhattan Hulan Jack.
Among the founding members of the institute were
Hulan Jack and French
Resistance leader Marie-Madeleine Fourcade.
The website of the
Schiller Institute includes transcripts of
conferences that the institute has sponsored, throughout North and
South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, to promote the idea
of what it calls "peace through development". The discussion at
these conferences has generally centered around LaRouche's proposals
for infrastructure projects such as the "Eurasian Land Bridge", and
the "Oasis Plan", a Middle East peace agreement based on Arab-Israeli
collaboration on major water projects. The conferences also typically
discuss proposals for debt relief and the "New Bretton Woods," a
proposal for a sweeping reorganization of the world monetary system
(see Political views of Lyndon LaRouche). The Institute strongly
opposes the "Clash of Civilizations" thesis of Samuel Huntington,
counterposing what it calls a "Dialogue of Cultures".
According to the Executive Intelligence Review, LaRouche formed a
group called the "Committee to Save the Presidency" to fight the
international financiers who he said were behind an attempted coup
against President Bill Clinton.
Schiller Institute members are
reported to have collected petition signatures defending Clinton, and
picketed the U.S. Capitol in 1999 with signs that said "Save the
Presidency! Jail Kenneth 'Porno' Starr". A Schiller Institute
spokesperson said "This is a coup to overthrow the United States
government and disenfranchise the American electorate".
The March 18, 2007 internet edition of the Danish Paper
Jyllands-Posten covers the
Schiller Institute proposal for a national
Maglev train system in that country. In the 2007 Danish elections
there were four candidates for parliament affiliated with the Schiller
Institute. Despite their poor showing at the polls (they totaled just
197 votes nationwide, while at least 32000 are needed for a local
mandate,) they garnered significant press coverage, including an
interview with Tom Gillesberg in Berlingske Tidende, which discussed
the slogan of the LaRouche slate, "After the financial crash, Maglev
During Fall of 2007,
Schiller Institute Vice President Amelia Boynton
Robinson toured the nations of Sweden, Denmark, Germany,
Italy, during which she spoke with European youth about her support
for LaRouche, Martin Luther King, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as
well as the continuing problem of racism in the United States, which
she said was illustrated by the recent events in Jena,
In March 2009, the Danish branch of the institute distributed flyers
at a climate change conference in Copenhagen which asserted that
'British Climate lies will lead to Genocide', stating that the Bush
administration had been a puppet of the British Empire, that "solar
activity, not human activity, is the main factor in the Earth's
changing climate," and that "massive investment in windmills and solar
panels" to combat climate change would create genocide by raising the
price of food.
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The institute has published its quarterly magazine, Fidelio, since
1992, described as a "Journal of Poetry, Science, and Statecraft." It
was co-founded and edited by Kenneth Kronberg. The magazine is
named after Ludwig van Beethoven's opera, "Fidelio," which tells the
story of a political prisoner who is freed by the courage of his wife.
At the time the magazine was founded,
Lyndon LaRouche was still in
Its issues include articles on Homer, Henry VII, Benjamin Franklin,
Gottfried Leibniz, the
Vier ernste Gesänge
Vier ernste Gesänge of Johannes Brahms, Vice
President Dick Cheney, Paul Kreingold’s “I.L. Peretz, Father of
the Yiddish Renaissance”, and reviews of books, art exhibits, and
musical, and dramatic performances.
Main article: Scientific pitch
In 1988, the institute initiated a campaign to establish
"philosophical pitch" or "scientific pitch" as the classical music
concert pitch standard. This tuning system is based on middle C
set at 256 Hz, making concert A 430.539 Hz rather than the
most commonly used 440 Hz. The
Schiller Institute calls this
system "Verdi tuning" because it was Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi
who first sought to stop the increase in pitch to which orchestras are
tuned. However, Verdi used the French standard 435 Hz in
writing his Requiem in 1874; later he indicated that 432 Hz was
slightly more optimal. It is this A=432 Hz standard that the
Schiller Institute advocates, which does not align mathematically with
their stated preference for C=256 Hz. French acoustic
Joseph Sauveur first researched then proposed the
philosophical pitch standard in 1713, more than a century before Verdi
began leading orchestras. Sauveur was strongly resisted by the
musicians he was working with, and the proposed standard was not
In 1999, the institute circulated a petition calling for the
establishment of a permanent orchestra in Verdi's childhood home in
Busseto, Italy, employing the special tuning in order to mark the
The tuning initiative is opposed by Stefan Zucker. According to
Zucker, the Institute offered a bill in
Italy to impose the Verdi
tuning on state-sponsored musicians that included provisions for fines
and confiscation of non-Verdi tuning forks. Zucker has written that he
believes the claims about the Verdi tuning are historically
inaccurate. Institute followers are reported by Tim Page of Newsday to
have stood outside concert halls with petitions to ban the music of
Vivaldi and even to have disrupted a concert conducted by Leonard
Slatkin in order to pass out pamphlets titled "
Leonard Slatkin Serves
Other music initiatives
In 1992, the institute published A Manual on the Rudiments of Tuning
Book I: Introduction and Human Singing Voice, which
discusses the tuning issue from the artistic and the scientific point
of view. The Institute asserts the Bel Canto method of singing is "one
of the best examples of mankind's ability to discover an existing
physical principle, and to use that discovery to create new works of
science and art, which then increase humanity's power to build
civilization." They also assert that composers such as J.S. Bach,
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and
Giuseppe Verdi all
wrote with the distinct vocal registers of the Bel Canto system in
mind, and that their compositions intentionally exploit the different
tone colors that these registers produce.
In 2010, 25 LaRouche supporters protesting a new production of Richard
Der Ring des Nibelungen
Der Ring des Nibelungen presented by the Los Angeles Opera
carried signs that said, "Wagner: Loved by Nazis, Rejected by Humans"
and "L.A. County: $14 Million to promote Nazi Wagner, Layoffs for
Music Teachers". They distributed flyers from the Schiller Institute
which asked "Does Los Angeles County have nothing better to do ...
than bail out L.A. Opera, so that it can celebrate the monstrous
sexual fantasies, and the cult of violence, of that vile anti-Semite,
Schiller Institute presented a performance of
Mozart's Requiem at
the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, on January 19, 2014, the
50th anniversary of the performance of
Mozart's Requiem and pontifical
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy which was held at the Cathedral. Remarks were
made by Ambassador Ray Flynn, and a letter was read from Irish
President Michael D. Higgins. Recordings of speeches by President
Kennedy were also featured.
Drama and poetry
The institute has published a four-volume series of English
translations of the works of Friedrich Schiller, entitled Poet of
Freedom, as well as some translations into other languages.
Allegations of antisemitism
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Following the 2003 death of Jeremiah Duggan, a student who had been
Schiller Institute conference in Germany, the Schiller
Institute was accused of spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories. An
London Metropolitan Police
London Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) letter, obtained
by the BBC's
Newsnight during a British investigation into the death
Schiller Institute and the LaRouche Youth Movement...
blames the Jewish people for the Iraq war and all the other problems
in the world. Jeremiah's lecture notes and bulletins showed the
antisemitic nature of [the] ideology." The German newspaper
Berliner Zeitung categorizes the
Schiller Institute as
Duggan had been attending a
Schiller Institute conference and LaRouche
Youth Movement cadre school in Wiesbaden, Germany, when he died
after running onto a busy road. The German police investigation found
that he had committed suicide. A British inquest rejected that
verdict after hearing testimony about the nature of the Schiller
In an interview with Newsnight,
Chip Berlet of Political Research
Associates, an American research group that tracks right-wing
The antisemitism at a meeting of the
Schiller Institute would not be
obvious at first. You would have to listen over time to a... set of
patterns, and you would begin to hear the echoes of the classic
antisemitic conspiracy theories, in the way that Israel is talked
about, in the way that Jews are talked about, in the way that the idea
is put forward that the wars of America are somehow manipulated by
Jewish lobbies and Israeli interests, and this really is an echo of
the old classic antisemitic conspiracy theories. It's not that every
criticism of Israel or American-Jewish lobby groups is antisemitic,
but over time this pattern emerges."
Schiller Institute issued a statement in response to the
controversy, calling it "a politically motivated smear job" based on
"conspiracy theories," and alleged that the Institute was being
targeted because of its opposition to the Iraq War.
Following the 2003 death of Duggan, cult allegations were
made. According to the Berliner Zeitung, the
LaRouche movement in Germany, operating as the Schiller Institute,
LaRouche Youth Movement, Europäische Arbeiterpartei and
Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität (BüSo), had around 300 followers
in 2007, and "next to Scientology, [was] the cult soliciting most
aggressively in German streets at [that] time."
Newsnight has said the institute places members under
"psychological duress," during "so-called psycho sessions." Aglaja
Beyes Corleis, a member of the
Schiller Institute for 16 years, who
left in the early 1990s and wrote a book about the Institute, told
When I speak with family members how I was then at that time, [they]
tell me 'You were like from a different planet.' ... People tend to be
drawn into it who did not want to be drawn into it, who did not want
to join a cult or a sect or something like that ... I was freaked out
and I experienced that other people freaked out. I saw other people
who, members who, got out of their mind ... Sometimes Jewish members
were put under special pressure. For instance, at a public meeting,
the person was picked out and publicly attacked – 'your mother
On November 6, 2003, a British inquest heard allegations that the
Schiller Institute is a "political cult with sinister and dangerous
connections." which may have used controversial recruitment
techniques on Duggan.
Death of Kenneth Kronberg
Main article: Kenneth Kronberg
Kenneth Kronberg, co-founder and editor of the Schiller Institute's
magazine, Fidelio, and the president of a
LaRouche movement printing
business, committed suicide in April 2007. According to Nicholas
F. Benton, a former member of the LaRouche movement, Kronberg killed
himself on the day of a so-called "morning briefing," published daily
by the LaRouche movement, in which Kronberg's printing business was
heavily criticized. Kronberg's printing business was also reported
to be in financial trouble, the
Washington Monthly described it as
being in "serious arrears in tax payments, including employee
withholding, due largely to lack of payment for printing jobs by other
These are highlights of conferences from the Schiller Institute's
Nov. 1–3, 1985: "Saint Augustine, Father of European and African
Civilization" – Rome, Italy
Labor Day conference, 1986, featuring a performance of Mozart's
Requiem at C=256 Hz, with Schiller chorus and orchestra –
Reston, Virginia, U.S.
Nov. 22–23, 1990: "The Productive Triangle: Centerpiece of an
All-Eurasian Infrastructure Program, Locomotive for a New, Just World
Economic Order" – Berlin, Germany
April 26–30, 1993: International conference on religions sponsored
by the government of Sudan – Khartoum
Aug. 7–14, 1994: Educational-cultural seminar for young musicians
and artists, featuring Norbert Brainin, Lyndon LaRouche, and Helga
Zepp LaRouche – Smolenice Castle, Slovakia
July 17, 1997: Presentation by Dr. Jozef Miklosko, president of the
Slovakian branch of the
Schiller Institute and former vice premier of
post-communist Czechoslovakia – Manila, Philippines
Dec. 13, 2000: Memorial seminar for Russian
Schiller Institute leader
Taras V. Muranivsky – Moscow, Russia
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environmentalresearchweb blog, March 10, 2009
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^ Johnston, Ian (2009). Measured Tones: The Interplay of Physics and
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LaRouche supporters decry the production; inside, responses are
mixed". Los Angeles Times. p. D.4.
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student was beaten to death", The Observer, March 25, 2007.
^ Muir, Hugh. "British student did not commit suicide, says coroner",
The Guardian, November 5, 2003.
^ British Press and Officials Caught Lying in Duggan Affair, Schiller
Institute, September 2007
^ Townsend, Mark & Doward, Jammie. "New evidence shows 'suicide'
student was beaten to death", The Observer, March 25, 2007.
^ Minz, John. "Ideological Odyssey: From Old Left to Far Right", The
Washington Post, January 14, 1985.
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Investigations"), Berliner Zeitung, April 4, 2007, page 3.
^ a b Townsend, Mark. "The student, the shadowy cult and a mother's
fight for justice", The Observer, October 31, 2004.
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^ Nicholas F. Benton. Rt. 28 Suicide Jumper Was Long-Time Associate of
LaRouche, Falls Church News-Press, April 19, 2007.
^ Avi Klein. "Publish and Perish: The Mysterious Death of Lyndon
LaRouche's Printer" Washington Monthly, November 2007.
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ISBN 3-499-15916-3 ISBN 9783499159169
Schiller Institute website
Views of Lyndon LaRouche
LaRouche criminal trials
Lyndon LaRouche U.S. Presidential campaigns
Citizens Electoral Council
European Workers Party
Executive Intelligence Review
National Caucus of Labor Committees
Worldwide LaRouche Youth Movement
California Proposition 64 (1986)
Fusion Energy Foundation
North American Labour Party
Party for the Commonwealth of Canada
U.S. Labor Party
Amelia Boynton Robinson
Robert James Moon
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
from the movement
Nicholas F. Benton
F. William Engdahl
David P. Goldman
Erik R. Fleming
Gordon M. Johnson
J. L. Chestnut