Europäisches Haus Pappenheim

Stadt Pappenheim
Marktplatz 1
91788 Pappenheim
Tel. ++49 / 9143 / 606-60


The EHP is sponsored by the European Union and the Free State of Bavaria (LEADER Project)

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The town council of Pappenheim has decided on 25 Feb 2016 to close the EHP on 30 Apr 2016. If you are interested in the offers we have developed so far, you can contact Prof. Dr. Joachim Grzega at joachim.grzega(at) For all other questions concerning the EHP please contact the Mayor of Pappenheim, Uwe Sinn, under 09143/606-15.



17.04.16: Big Applause for Students, Standing Ovations for Joachim Grzega

It was the last event at the EHP as a center for politics, cultures and languages. One more time, the room was fully packed.

Under the guidance of EHP Director Prof. Dr. Joachim Grzega, students of the university of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt had dealt with the manipulative power of language, analyzing German, French, Spanish, Polish and British newspaper headlines. For this, 3 thematic spots and the EUROLINGUA Museum were built up. The students did not only give presentations, but also tried to include the audience. Anne Würth illustrated the naming of different government heads: Merkel, Obama, Cameron, Hollande, Tsipras, Assad, Putin. Among other things, she mentioned that Putin’s name is the least combined with the first name. One reason could be to avoid feelings of closeness and positiveness, which are often associated with first names. This is supported by the fact that Putin is the only one whose name is connected with negative phrases such as “Evil Putin”. Agnes Giglberger analyzed words that denote the inequal distribution of wealth. When differences are larger, the more emotional notions of “poverty” and “richness” are used. Carolin Schlosser looked at words for migrants. She said that having a refined vocabulary would basically enable refined thinking, but also showed that the words for “migrants” are often connected with geographical adjectives relating to eastern Europe, but not to western Europe. This can slowly make the word be associated with poverty.

In the course of the evening, Joachim Grzega also had a look back at the more than 100 EHP events. For him, the EHP was there to give help for people so that they can better understand the cultural and economic aspects of Europe. Grzega said that we needed such institutions of a new kind of Enlightenment—truly European, based on complex academic research, but presented in a language that is clear to everybody, sometimes with a bit of humor. He underlined the central role of his language teaching concepts: the Basic Global English classes(with a 91-year old being his oldest learner), the LanguageGyms (and his furthest participant, from Flensburg), the Language Emergency Doctor courses (and the many content learners). With these concepts Grzega even made it into Bavarian TV. Furthermore, he was happy about the invitations he had received in many regions of Germany. He also illustrated how he organized conferences to make guests enrich Pappenheim’s downtown life. Finally, he thanked Wilma Vogel and Dr. Bea Klüsener and some local associations for their support. All who had helped to set up the EHP could be proud. In turn, Renate Prusakow (local history association) as well as Martin Stehr and Ludwig Schütz (twin-town association) thanked Grzega for the good cooperation; they very much regretted the end of the EHP. Deeply moved, Mayor Uwe Sinn also looked back at the time with Grzega. He said that Grzega had always fullfilled all of the town council’s demands, had found quick solutions for all challenges and had attracted numerous international top guests to Pappenheim. All this contributed to the supraregional attractivity of Pappenheim. Some people had tears in their eyes, and the visitors gave Grzega standing ovations for his achievements. Despite the melancholic atmosphere in the room, Grzega kept his humor and invited everybody to stay in contact with him. Finally, Grzega presented his latest composition: it combines the phrases for “in peace” in different European languages. And at the end, the audience sang with him.

The Project Team: Joachim Grzega, Agnes Giglberger, Anne Würth, Carolin Schlosser
Station "Migrants"
Station "Inequal Distribution of Wealth"
Station "Government Heads"
Look Back at the EHP Events in Germany and Austria
Grzega + Mayor Uwe Sinn
Renate Prusakow (local history association) + Grzega
Grzega + Martin Stehr und Ludwig Schütz (twin-town association)
Joachim Grzega sings closing song
Standing Ovations for Grzega
Personal Good-byes
Text of Grzega's Peace Song "In Pace"