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Gebser, Jean
[Leo – Aquarius AC]

 

1905

Born on August 20th in Posen (today: Poznan, Poland) as Hans Karl Rudolf Hermann Gebser. Father: Royal Prussian Counsellor of Justice (Königlich preußischer Konsistorialrat) Friedrich Wilhelm Gebser. Mother: Margarete Charlotte Gebser, maiden name: Grundmann.

1907

Birth of his sister Charlotte.

1910

Family moves to Breslau.

1915

Father was shifted to Königsberg/Ostpreußen, family moved as well.

1915

Attendance of humanistic high school.

1917

Removal to Berlin: Father now counsellor of justice and lawyer.

1918

Attendance of former monastery school in Rossleben on Unstrut.

1921

Attendance of high school in Berlin.

1922

His father dies on 18th of november.

1923

He quits high school and starts to be trainee at Deutsche Bank Berlin.

1925

After successfully completing his time of trainee at Deutsche Bank Berlin, together with his friend Victor Otto Stomps foundation of ‘Rabenpresse’ (Raven’s Press*) and publishing of his first poems  in ‘Der Fischzug’ (Trailor*) magazine.

1927

Separation from Stomps, travelling to Florenz, Munich and returning back to Berlin.

1931

Journey together with R. H. Winstone via Munich to Paris, South of France, Andorra and Spain.

1932

From Malaga and Torremolinos, they moved back northwards Marseilles and then to Madrid. There, Gebser was publishing some of his poems and associating with Spanish poets hanging about Frederico Garcia Lorca. Gebser translated Lorca’s poems into German language.
During this time, Gebser got inspired to the basic idea of his later work.

1936

Writing of ‘Rilke und Spanien’ (Rilke and Spain*).
At the outbreak of Spanish civil war, he left the country with a Mexican interim passport to France.

1937

Arrival in Paris, contacted various publishers and travelled on this subject.

1939

Still together with R. H. Winstone, he entered Switzerland just before the outbreak of World War II.

1940

‘Rilke und Spanien’ was published in Switzerland.
Meeting with Gentiane Hélène Schoch from Burgdorf, Switzerland.

1941

Journey with R. H. Winstone to Locarno.
Starts working on ‘Abendländische  Wandlung’ (Transformation of the Occident*) .
Friendship with R. H. Winstone came to an end.

1942

Marriage to Gentiane Hélène Schoch.
New relationships with: Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn and ‘Eranos Kreis’ (Eranos Cercle*)
Meetings with C. G. Jung, Karl Kerényi, Adolf Portmann and friendship with
Hans Kayser, Jean Rudolph von Salis and others...

1943

Publication of ‘Abendländische Wandlung’ in Zurich.

1947

Lecturer at Institute of Applied Psychology.
Working on ‘Lorca und das Reich der Mütter’ (Lorca and the Empire of the Mothers*) and 1st part of ‘Ursprung und Gegenwart’ (Ever-Present Origin).

1948

As his Mexican interim’s passport was expiring, he got a lot of problems as a stateless person for getting published his work.
For obtaining Swiss citizenship, the married couple moved to Burgdorf where his father-in-law Alfonse Schoch was living. Application was made for obtaining Swiss passport.

1949

1st part of ‘Ursprung und Gegenwart’ published by Deutsche Verlagsanstalt Stuttgart, Germany.

1950

Trips to Germany and Spain. Started work for 2nd part of „Ursprung und Gegenwart“ and gave lectures.

1953

Publication of the complete work of ‘Ursprung und Gegenwart’.

1955

His wife got disinherited. No other result was achieved before court.

1956

Divorce from Gentiane Hélène Schoch.

1957

Travelling to the Provence and to Paris.

1958

Travelling to Greece.

1961

Journeys to India, China, Japan, France (Provence) and Germany.

1962

Literature award from union of artists of Esslingen, Germany.
‘Asienfibel’ (Reader on Asia*) was published as well as a collection of essays ‘In der Bewährung’ (On Suspension*).

1963

Kogge literature award from the city of Minden, Germany.

1964/65

Journey to South- and Northamerica.

1965

Literature award from the city of Bern, Switzerland.
In honour of his 60th birthday, publication of his paper ‘Transparente Welt’ (Transparent World*), Hans Huber Verlag, Bern.

1966

Health collapse and as a result, he had to undergo double operation.

1967

Professor in charge of comparative theory of cultures at Salzburg university, Austria, but because of serious injuries of health, he was unable to take it up.

1968

Meeting Jo Körner-Schneeberger who became his therapist..

1970

Marriage to Jo Körner-Schneeberger in Bern.

1971

Visit to Werner Heisenberg in Munich.
Lecture at Humboldt-Society for Education, Arts and Science where he was leading member.
Meeting with Lama Govinda in the city of Meersburg on the occasion of Lama Govinda’s trip to Germany.
Visit to Karlfried Graf Dürkheim in Todtmoos-Rütte.

1972

Last public lecture given in Bad Boll on ‘Urangst und Urvertrauen’ (Native Fears and Native Confidence*).

1973

Jean Gebser died in the early morning of the 14th of May in the city of Wabern, Switzerland, where he was buried also.

1974

Publication of ‘Verfall und Teilhabe’ (Decline and Distribution*).

1975/80

Publication of his complete work in German language by Novalis Verlag Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

1983

Foundation of ‘Internationale Jean-Gebser-Gesellschaft’ (IJGG) (International Society of Jean Gebser*) in Schaffhausen.

1985

Authorized translation of Jean Gebser’s main work ‘The Ever-Present Origin’ published in Athens/Ohio, USA.

*) Just for giving an idea for those of you ignoring German language, we tried to render the German names and subjects into English language, we are hoping specialists don’t mind to informing us on mistakes.

Source:

Gerhard Wehr: Jean Gebser – Individuelle Transformation vor dem Horizont eines neuen Bewusstseins. Via Nova Verlag, CH-36100 Petersberg, Switzerland, 1996

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