September 15, 2019: on September 13, 2019 the lecture "Anton Chekhov and Stephen Crane", prepared by professor of the Tübingen and Warsaw Universities, chairman of the German Chekhov Society Rolf-Dieter Kluge was read by German scholar Dr. Regina Noheil, professor at the University of Freiburg. Dr. Kluge himself could not come to Taganrog for health reasons.
The event was held in the Southern Scientific Center, which is located in the historical building of Chekhov Gymnasium (part of Taganrog Groups of Museums). The audience consisted mostly of college students, who learned about similarities and differences in the lives and works of two writers, who both died in Badenweiler
only four years apart. The American writer Crane, a representative of Impressionism and Naturalism, who died at the age of 27, had a great influence on the formation of English-language literature. The lecture was attended by students and teachers of the Taganrog Chekhov Teachers College and Taganrog Management and Economics College.
At the end of the event Heinz Setzer
, vice-chairman of the German Chekhov Society
and the director of Badenweiler
's Literary Museum presented the Taganrog State Literary Historical and Architectural Museum-Preserve a high-quality facsimile reproduction of the death certificate of Anton Chekhov
from the German State Archive, which was written in Gothic script.