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In October of 2001, a group of us had the good fortune to
spend five days with Dr. Peters at his home in Bremen,
Germany. As the leading distributor of the Peters Map in the
United States, I had a cordial phone and fax relationship
with Dr. Peters for some years and always wanted the chance
to meet him in person.
Fate and circumstance converged quite nicely, and I
decided it was high time someone made a documentary film
about his quite remarkable life. It felt important to record
some of his stories for posterity.
Accompanied by an eager video documentary filmmaker (my
mother, Ruth Abrams) and supported by the official Peters
Map cartographer (Terry Hardaker of Oxford Cartographers),
as well as Ward Kaiser (who was the first to publish the
Peters map in North America in 1983), and Andreas Kaiser
(who is Arno Peters' closest collaborator), we spent time
poring over his personal archives for days. To call this
experience "fascinating" would be an understatement.
We have over 20 hours of fabulous video footage from our
meetings, including details that Dr. Peters had never shared
with anyone before about his experiences during and after
W.W.II. I learned about Dr. Peters' commitment to basic
human rights principles, which include: 40 years of
passionate support for reparations to the former East
Germany, his Synchronoptic World History (unavailable in
English, but published in German and French), and his unique
system of musical notation that has devout fans but yet to
find a commercial publisher. His recent passions involved
creating a whole new view of the field of economics, which
he worked on daily.
We expect to have three or four videotapes of under
30-minutes produced soon. Until then, we have assembled the
following photo biography from his personal archives. I
began the visit with a huge amount of respect for the man.
By the end of my time in Bremen, I was stunned with breadth
and depth of his knowledge, the passion of his convictions,
and the ambitious way in which he has always seen the world
from a unique perspective.
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