Sandra Lüpkes is a freelance author of numerous works of fiction, non-fiction, scripts and stories. In School by the Sea she has written a social novel of grand scale about a progressive educational boarding school in Juist. The extensive research into the historical events and real people of the school's environment took her to Ticino, Berlin and naturally to Juist, where she grew up and has lived for many years.
SCHOOL BY THE SEA
Salt in the air and a head full of dreams
Juist, 1925: energetic and full of ideals, a group of teachers establishes a very special boarding school at the farthest edge of the Weimar Republic. Featuring its own gardens, seawater aquariums and a theatre hall, it is a sworn and dedicated community. Among its members are the Jewish teacher Anni Reiner, music teacher Eduard Zuckmayer, the ten-year-old Maximilian, who sometimes struggles with peer pressure, and the resolute island resident Kea, who is in charge of the kitchen. But the climate on the coast is harsh in every respect and soon tensions rise between the teachers and the islanders, for whom the school is notorious as a "refuge for Jews and communists”.
During the disastrously extreme winter of 1929, the island is cut off from the outside world for weeks. The residents move a little closer together. But can there be hope when the rest of the world is heading for the abyss?