It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of our colleague Emeritus Associate Professor Cornelius Schnauber. He died on February 21, 2014, two weeks after he suffered a heart attack.
Dr. Schnauber taught at the USC German department from 1968-2006 and was department chair from 1975-1984. He was a dedicated teacher who served as a Ph.D. advisor to many students and took delight in his role as an educator. Dr. Schnauber was also the director of the Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies, which he founded at USC in 1975 as the Max Kade German Center and which was expanded/renamed in 1984. At the Max Kade Institute, Dr. Schnauber organized "German Semesters“ and invited prominent authors from German-speaking countries, such as Peter Handke, Heiner Müller and Jurek Becker, who held seminars, lectures and workshops. In addition, Dr. Schnauber created a Swiss-writer in Residence program in the 1980’s, where for one semester each year a Swiss author worked with students. Among the writers were such well-known authors as Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Eugen Gomringer.
Dr. Cornelius Schnauber was an eminent scholar of the German exile community in Los Angeles and an advocate devoted to German-Jewish reconciliation, which prompted him to cofound the German Jewish Dialogue, a regular meeting place for conversations between members of the German and Jewish communities in Los Angeles.
He will be missed as a colleague and advocate for German Studies in Los Angeles.
Our thoughts are with Dr. Schnauber’s family and all those who knew and loved him.
Jack Arensmeyer, Britta Bothe, Gerhard Clausing, Eve Lee, Helga Schwarz