The Senior Citizens' Academy of the TU Ilmenau opens up to all citizens and is now called "TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus

Our next lecture

TU Ilmenau/Michael Reichel
Friday, 22 October 2021, 3:00 pm, Faraday Lecture Hall

Dr. Kai Lehmann

Director of the Museum Schloss Wilhelmsburg Schmalkalden

From executioner to doctor - four generations of executioners, healers, people.

The eventful architectural development of the town of Ilmenau, which in its early days was marked by the construction of the moated castle near the Amtshaus and the altered traffic In Schmalkalden's Totenhofkirche there is a large and elaborately designed funerary monument to Hieronymus Wahl. Such epitaphs cost the surviving families a lot of money and testify to the wealth and prestige of the deceased. Hieronymus Wahl was executioner in Schmalkalden from 1657 to 1681. How does that fit together? Hieronymus was the son of Otto Heinrich Wahl, "the" executioner par excellence in the first half of the 17th century. The man tortured and brought, for example, hundreds of witches to the stake. He was in such demand that he was requested from Weimar, Jena, Bamberg or Würzburg. One of the daughters of Hieronymus Wahl married Johann Jeremias Glaser, executioner in Meiningen and Wasungen. Glaser recorded his adult life in figures in an account book. On 350 pages you can find every income and expenditure Glaser made. This book allows a look behind the mask of the executioner at the person behind it. Glaser's youngest son, in turn, studied and became a city doctor in Suhl.

These four generations will be examined in the lecture, but the focus will be on the Meiningen/Wasung executioner Johann Jeremias Glaser.

Current notes

Due to limited space ,pre-registration is absolutely necessary forparticipation in the eventsat:

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Each person must register there once as a guest and can then register for the next lecture. If registration is no longer possible because the maximum number of participants has been reached, you will not be able to attend the lecture in question. Without registration, participation is also not possible!

Mandatory requirements for participation are proof of complete vaccination, recovery from Covid illness, or current testing (3-G rule).

There will be data collection for contact tracking purposes. There are other infection control measures in place before, during and after the events in accordance with current Corona regulations.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at the e-mail:

The program for the fall semester 2021 can be found here:

>Fall Semester 2021 Program<.

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Holders of semester passes for the spring semester 2020 please also contact this e-mail address.

Preview of the spring semester 2022

The events take place in the Faraday lecture hall (Weimarer Straße 32, access from Prof. Schmidt-Straße) every Friday at 3:00 p.m. (see General Information - Site Plan of the TU Ilmenau).

The following dates are planned for the spring semester 2022:

25.02. | 04.03. | 11.03. | 18.03. | 25.03. | 01.04. | 08.04. | 22.04. | 29.04. | 06.05. | 13.05. | 20.05. | 03.06. | 10.06.

In addition there will probably be a date for an excursion.

Review of previous semesters

"Will drones fall on our heads in the future?", "Artificial intelligence - public perception and risk communication" or "The digitalization wave in medical care: Claim and Reality": The range of content covered by the TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus is diverse and includes socio-political and cultural-political topics, natural sciences and humanities, technical, economic, medical, historical and cultural topics.

In the review of previous semesters you will find an overview of the events and topics of the past years.

Review of previous semesters

General information

Founded in 2006, the Senior Citizens' Academy at the TU Ilmenau, now TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus, is an open continuing education program for all interested persons from Ilmenau and the surrounding area.

General information on participation in the TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus

Responsible for the program and organization of the TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus is the  TU Ilmenau in cooperation with the Universitätsgesellschaft Ilmenau - Freunde, Förderer, Alumni e.V..