At Baia Mare, Volker Wollmann launches two new exceptional volumes

Recently, in the provincial library of “Petre Dulfu” Baia Mare, the “Public Baptism” received two volumes that are part of the category of treasure books, the eighth and ninth volumes of the work “The Pre-Industrial Heritage of Romania”, by Dr. Volker Wollmann, famous historian and specialist in the history of Romania’s industrial heritage. The event was held in cooperation with the cultural association “Romanian Family” and with the support of SC Electrosistem SRL Baia Mare, a traditional friend and collaborator.

In the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the boardroom, in the presence of mining professionals, historians, museum painters and librarians gathered at the chairperson’s table: author Stefan Blasco, General Manager of SC Electrosistem SRL Baia Mare geologist Alexandro (Sașa) Nicolici and Dr. Theodore Ardelean, event manager.

The event began with the awarding of a Diploma of Excellence for the successes of his entire research activity, to Mr. Volker Wollmann, conferred by Dr. Theodore Ardelen, Director of the District Library “Petri Dolvo” and President of the Cultural Society “Roman. Family”, on the occasion of the launch of the eighth and ninth volumes of the work “Pre-Industrial Heritage” and industrialist in Romania ”, prepared by the famous researcher mentioned above.
The conference hall was full, and among the attendees, Nikolai Budd, former Member of Parliament and a Maramures specialist in nonferrous mining, Gheorghe Jurma, a prose writer and literary historian from Resita, and Walter Übelhart, President of the German Democratic Forum in Maramures and author of a novel ” In the Shadow of Shakespeare”, Orthodox Priest George Pope of Ceni, Mircea Bocic, Painter and Sculptor of Baia Marie, Museum Painter Lucia Pope, Ioan Dino, Director of the Museum of Mineralogy “Victor Gordoza”, Associate Professor. Mirella Koman, Faculty of Science – formerly Northern University.

Theodore Ardelen acted as the mediator on Grace Day. From the start, he was seen enjoying talking about the illustrious guest.
“I singled out the author of these two volumes, and became unique, Volker Wollmann, our friend, and my friend, the institution, and many of us are here today, some institutions, many Romans, but it is a great-scale scholar and a Jabaret pl. I do not yet want God to take behind him to collect and raise so many Osannas I prefer to say what is said here and now for him to hear, though he is generally a humble man who neither suggests nor supposes nor has a record of admission, but on such terms. He also “threatened” us not to exaggerate praise. But that is the case! All civilized nations have academies , one is national, one is for scholars, and has research institutes of material culture. The only research institute of material culture in our country is Volker Wolman. It is the institute. If anyone does that, although the chances are not good, even Albania has such an institute, we will have to to rename it Volker Wollman.
He comes with his car from Germany, on his own money, and researches and collects these volumes, first designed two, then three which appeared under the auspices of Honterus Publishing in Sibiu. The publishing house that is part of the cultural equipment for the activities that the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania is developing at the national level from funding from the government or other sources. Of course, the research has swelled to the point that here, after we released volumes 5-6-7 and we’re here at Baia Mare, we’re now at 8, which is the volume allotted to Bells. I will read to you what Academician Marius Pomp has written, rejoicing in the fact that Cluj, a prestigious academic of Cluj, director of the Institute of Art History and Archeology, is based on these works. It says, among other things: “The sound of bells has meant communication, prayer, news, joy, sorrow, peace and resurrection throughout the ages. Bells are part of the life of communities, villages, cities and country. For believers, the sound of bells meant the call to prayer. The venerable sound celebrated holidays, or baptisms. , marriage, or transition to eternity. The bells joyfully declared victory and the end of wars and the establishment of peace. Ianco de Hunedoara’s victory over the Ottomans was honored in Belgrade in 1456, an event of great significance for the whole of Europe, to this day, daily, at noon when the bells toll Churches throughout the community, with reference to the brave Roman voivode.
This is the eighth volume, and the ninth is the one that basically brings additions to the previous volumes. New things are always being discovered. Research goes from near to near, as well as culture.
Volker Wollmann is a far-reaching scholar, famous historian, and the most important living industrial archaeologist, the only one who researches, collects, stores and publishes documentary material of the Roman industrial heritage.
Much can be said about the activity and interests of the brilliant researcher “Volki” and is also flattered, being among others a laureate of the Romanian Academy and an honorary citizen of several regions of the country (Resetta, Brad, Callan, Bistrita, etc.), ”said Theodor Ardelin.

Invited to express some thoughts regarding the volumes presented, Volker Wollmann invaded the history of the Roman bell, as a foundry producer, spurring the emergence of the eighth volume, by not including data in the first volume of 2010 and information about this object, due to the lack of time required for documentation. The bells are presented according to geographical criteria and chronologically, by localities and workshops, with a particular highlight being the activity of the “Anton Novotny” foundry in Timisoara where until 1936 more than 7,000 bells were made.
In the process of completing the documentary material, one source of inspiration was the Blotor Bell Foundry in Satulung, which Mr. Wollman visited in 2019 and where more than 4,000 bells were thrown, as Elena Borota admitted. Stoica, company director of Satolong.

Stefan Blasco, General Manager of Electrosistem, spoke about the multiculturalism of this region of northwest Transylvania, and in reference to the production of bells, he wanted to mention that they differ in the architecture of the construction and the alloys used in the casting.

Many guests also spoke of Wollmann, his remarkable volumes, and his friendship with the Roman-German scholar.

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