Many schools - one book 2020

An exhibition as part of the ZfL project "Many schools, one book" about the epistolary novel "Wo die Freiheit wächst

18.09. - 29.10.2020

At the Center for Teacher Training (ZfL), 20 students from Cologne, Darmstadt and Lahr have studied the epistolary novel "Wo die Freiheit wächst"  by Frank Maria Reifenberg.

Once a year, the Center for Teacher Education invites students in grades seven to eleven to the project days "Many schools, one book". This year in March, shortly before the lockdown, they also had the opportunity to deal intensively with a current novel in writing, illustration and theater workshops. The project days "Many schools, one book" are carried out within the framework of the project LESEPUNKTE and are financially supported by the Imhoff Foundation, the RheinEnergieStiftung Kultur and the University and City Library.

Reifenberg lives and works in Cologne. The trained bookseller, copywriter and screenwriter has already written for Sesame Street and since 2003 has written his own books for children and young people at various publishing houses. Since 2008, he has been dedicated to promoting boys' reading with workshops for boys as well as seminars and lectures for educators, parents, teachers and multipliers in the book and education industry. His epistolary novel "Wo die Freiheit wächst" is about the youth resistance movement of the 'Edelweiss Pirates'. The letters from and to Lene Meister from Cologne are based on extensive research by Reifenberg and give an insight into the year 1942. Lene does not want to submit to the synchronized pace of the Nazi regime - and when she falls in love with the 'edelweiss pirate' Erich, she too falls into the sights of the secret state police. In the workshops, the students dealt with the topics of freedom, courage and friendship.

LESEPUNKTE is an online review journal in which students review books under the guidance of teachers. It was founded in 2006 by the Chair of Early Modern History at the University of Cologne and the Chair of Middle and Modern Art History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich. Since 2015, the Center for Teacher Education at the University of Cologne has been responsible for the project.



Dr. Gesine Boesken
Centre for Teacher Education
Coordinator Faculty of Philosophy/Deputy Head of Practical Phases
Tel. +49 221 470 3404, E-Mail:




Exhibition location

University and City Library of Cologne, showcase in front of the cafeteria, Universitätsstraße 33, 50931 Köln
Currently open from Monday to Friday from 9 to 18

This year, the exhibition is also available in digital form for the first time: (from October 1, 2020). Like last year, however, the exhibits can be seen in an exhibition in the USB. There, the results of the students* can be viewed.