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June 9th, 2012

Nemsi Books would like to thank all the people who signed the petition to cancel the Winnetou trademark. Your support has been and continues to be invaluable to us.

Federal Civil Court of California Accepts Karl May USA’s Voluntary Dismissal.

Nemsi Books accepted Karl May USA, Inc.’s Stipulation of Voluntary Dismissal of all claims asserted in the lawsuit filed on March 31st, 2011 by Karl May USA, Inc.

On March 9th, 2012, the Honorable Dean D. Pregersen signed the order that Karl May USA, Inc. be dismissed with prejudice, that it file an express withdrawal of its clothing trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office within ten (10) days of this order, update the pending cancellation proceedings in connection with the trademark, and abandon the mark and all reference to the mark on all web sites owned and controlled by Karl May USA Inc. (see: Document 28)

Despite repeated requests to adhere to the above court order, Karl May USA, Inc. has to date not taken the proper steps to cancel the trademark.

In its order dated December 5th, 2002, the German Supreme Court confirmed that the name Winnetou had, due to its fame, become a synonym for a noble Indian Chief and was therefore not suitable to serve as a trademark for the publication of books, magazines or film productions that dealt with this fictional character. (see: BGH Ruling I ZB 19/00)

In 1963, fifty (50) years after Karl May’s death [1912], his works and the fictional characters he created entered the public domain. In this 100th anniversary year of Karl May’s death it is fitting that his iconic characters enjoy the total freedom they deserve.

Stop the exploitation! Join the movement and help us free Karl May’s iconic characters.

Ten Year Anniversary Celebration

October 25th, 2011

Come and celebrate our ten (10) year anniversary! Storewide discounts abound on our books, audio books and DVD’s.

Download the FREE German eBooks of the original Karl May adventure tales!

Thank you dear readers, patrons, translators, authors, colleagues and supporters for an amazing decade!

The best is yet to come!

News from Germany – Constantin to remake ‘Winnetou’

August 9th, 2011

Hardy Lahn of Dream Films announced on face book that a new Karl May adventure would soon be cooming to the silver screen. Read more here.

Now Constantin Film has entered the race by tapping Michael Blake of “Dances with Wolves” fame to write a new adaptation of “Winnetou”. Read more here

More information can also be read on these web sites.

Check out the project on The Internet Movie Dababase

More Comments on the Newspaper Rock Article

June 19th, 2011

by Dr. William Thomas

I took the trouble to read Rob Schmidt’s article in the Newspaper Rock under the title “Rob questions Winnetou movie”. Let me just say that I was more than disappointed by the presentation of the writer Karl May [1842-1912]. The whole approach of Mr. Schmidt and that of the participants in the discussion suffer from one unforgivable flaw – that is to judge events which happened one hundred and thirty one years ago from the present day point of view. This is a common mistake not tolerated of course in any serious study of past events by critical scholars.

Rob Schmidt’s contribution to the discussion – given just one example out of many similar – states: “Winnetou’s Apaches are phony” does not resemble the true situation at the time of Karl May writing his book. Mr. Schmidt has no doubt read and heard of the Western Apache in Arizona, a legendary place in the Little Colorado Valley, north of their historic range, where they claim to have once lived in company with the Navajo and Pueblo peoples. This has been clearly described in the book by Thomas E. Mails: “The People Called Apache” [A Rutledge Book Prentice-Hall, Inc. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 1974] in many pages in there. I trust Mr. Schmidt is familiar with this study. There were Pueblo dwelling Apache!

A Response to the Newspaper Rock Article

June 4th, 2011

I recently came across this article written by Rob Schmidt on Newspaper Rock

After much amusement, I could not resist the urge to set the record straight.

Rob Schmidt wrote:

In the introduction of the original “winnetou – the red gentlemen” from 1800 the author has a long prologue that the Native Culture is much better than the white conquerors. he describe the native culture as culture of honour and love to nature, and that he will inform all the people that this culture is much higher than our culture because they only take from nature what they need to survive – full of respect to mother nature! The bad guys in the story are mostly greedy white guys. And that opinion of an european is for my really surprising at that time.

Yes, the prologue is indeed long, but the above summation is far from accurate for Karl May wrote:

… If it is true that all living beings have a right to life, and this right is granted equally to the masses as well as to the individual, then the red man has that right no less than the white man. He may well speak out with authority about his social development in the context of his culture and according to his individuality. But it is openly stated that the Indian doesn’t possess the necessary qualities. Is that true? I say no! I don’t want to offer any proofs, since it is not my intent to write an all-encompassing dissertation on the subject. The white man has found time to evolve naturally. He went from hunter to herdsman, from herdsman to farmer and industrialist. But the red man did not find this time because it was not granted to him. Now he must make the giant leap from the lowest rung; that is, from hunter to the very top. And in making this demand on him, one has not considered that he could stumble and suffer life-threatening injuries. …

Free since 1963

March 20th, 2011

Karl May’s epic Traveler Tales entered the public domain in 1963 and we are proud to offer these tomes in e-pub format here.

The year 1963 was a pivotal moment in time, a crucial instance that would realize Karl May’s true desire. Read his thoughts and you will soon understand the purpose of his writing, for Karl May wrote:

“A brightness filled the space between the four confining walls of my cell and they opened up. At first I felt, then saw and finally I understood the secret, the intimate connections between the minuscule and the macrocosm, the physical and the spiritual, the body and the mind, the finite and the infinite. It was now that I started to comprehend the deepest meanings of my grandmother’s dear, old fables. For whole nights I lay awake and pondered. I was chained to the deepest, lowest and most despised Ardistan and I sent all my thoughts up to the bright and free Jinnistan. I imagined myself to be the lost human soul that could not be found unless it finds itself. One cannot find one’s true self in lofty Jinnistan, one can only find it down here, in Ardistan, among earthly suffering, in the torment of mankind, eating the swill that the prodigal son ate, as mentioned in that biblical parable. My imagination started to arrange what I was searching for into a tangible shape so that I could seize and hold onto it. It dwelled and breathed within me. And not just in me but also outside of me, omnipresent, in every human being, even in the entire human race like one universal entity.”

And yet his tales, his parables that he desired to tell to the world, were to be bound for fifty more years after his death. Fifty years during which his writings were violated by those whose interests were not the lost human soul but the wealth his writings could generate. Even now his original handwritten pages are put up for auction so that the last penny can be squeezed from them. This is quite contrary to Karl May’s intent for he wrote:

“I want my readers to stop regarding life as a merely material existence. This view is a prison for them, beyond the walls of which they are unable to see, to behold the sunny, free, wide land.”

In the third volume of his most famous tale “Winnetou” he wrote these prophetic lines:

“This was how the Apache’s testament had disappeared, just as its author had passed away and just like the Indian people will disappear. They were richly provided for, but were not allowed to reach their full potential. Just like the shreds of the testament were scattered to the winds, so too does the red man drift across the far expanses that once belonged to him.”

Might Karl May have foreseen what would happen to his own writings? It is a question we should ponder for it is greed that drives this world and whilst this vice governs the heart of humanity, there is little hope that the lost human soul will be found.

But we must take heart, we must strive to seek what we have lost and to help us do that, we offer Karl May’s original writings to the English speaking world – not for profit or financial gain – not for fame or glory – but for the joy of finding that which was lost. May you also enjoy the rediscovery of the lost soul of mankind.

Karl May’s Legacy Again Under the Hammer

February 23rd, 2011

As reported in the “Sachsen Spiegel” on the 22nd February 2011, the Karl-May-Verlag Bamberg is to auction a second part of Karl May’s legacy …

Perhaps the readers of Winnetou III will recall how Santer stole Winnetou’s Last Will and Testament and tore it asunder as he felt certain he could escape with the golden nuggets unhindered. Perhaps the dear readers will also recall his fate …

Karl May, so it seems, predicted what would happen to his own legacy.

“This was how the Apache’s testament had disappeared, just as its author had passed away and just like the Indian people will disappear. They were richly provided for, but were not allowed to reach their full potential. Just like the shreds of the testament were scattered to the winds, so too does the red man drift across the far expanses that once belonged to him.” – Winnetou III

Should we allow Karl May’s work to be torn asunder and scattered to the wind?

Stories by Victor Epp

September 10th, 2010

Vegetables – The Forbidden Fruit

There was a time when parents knew how to get their children to not only eat lots of fresh vegetables, but like them too. Where has all that wisdom gone? Now nutritionists, dieticians, educators and all that educated riff-raff are tearing their collective hair out to solve the dilemma. Oh for heavens sake, get a grip you people. There’s nothing to it. Listen up!

Appendicitis and Original Sin

Well, you might not think that this title makes any sense, since one thing hasn’t got anything to do with the other. But you might be surprised at the chain of events that can lead from a small prairie town nobody knows anything about all the way to Ethiopia. Have a read and you’ll find out differently.

Want to read some more? Then click here to go to Victor’s “blogspot”.

Sun Dance 2010

June 20th, 2010

In the early hours of Monday, 7th June 2010, this year’s Sun Dance attendants erected the first teepee. Others soon followed it and the little camp grew rapidly.

At the same time, an arbor was erected, a fire-pit was dug and an inipi (sweat lodge) was constructed in the traditional manner of the Lakota people.

Tuesday was ‘tree day’ – bushy pine trees were cut and placed around the arbor frame, leaving the eastern gate open so that the rays of the rising sun could enter unhindered. Finally, the tree of life, a tall birch with a single fork was selected by the elders and ceremoniously cut down. Many willing hands caught the tree as it came down and carried it to the trailer on which it would be transported to the Sun Dance grounds.

Once the tree arrived there, those same willing hands raised it in an effort that surpassed the flag raising on Iwo Jima.

The dancers settled into their teepee and the fire, which would burn for the duration of the ceremony, was lit.

In the morning, before the sun rose, the dancers entered the inipi, cleansed their bodies and prepared to dance to the sound of a drum and the traditional songs. Solemnly they entered the arbor through the eastern gate and began their dance that would not cease until the sun had traversed the sky and touched the western horizon. They finished the day with another ceremonial cleansing and then retired for the night, denying themselves food and water.

This was repeated for the following two days, culminating on the fourth day with their final sacrifice.

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