life and career
Reinhold Schommers' parents were cellar master Josef Schommers (1906–1980) and his wife Luise, née Reiz (1908-1992). He spent his youth and school days in his hometown, after which he went to today's Cusanus-Gymnasium in Wittlich , where he passed his Abitur in 1955. He then studied Latin , geography , history , philosophy and art history in Mainz , Freiburg im Breisgau and Bonn from 1956 to 1960 . After his first state examination, he completed legal clerkship in Boppard and Koblenz. When he had also passed his second state examination - combined with additional studies - he took his first job as a teacher at the Gauß-Gymnasium in Worms and then from Easter 1963 became a teacher at the Martin-von-Cochem-Gymnasium in Cochem. In 1973 he was promoted to director of studies , where he mainly taught geography and Latin; he retired in 1998.
In addition to his professional and voluntary activities, Schommers began to write articles in the supplement of the Rhein-Zeitung from 1970 . In 1983 he published a portrait of his home community under the name St. Aldegund an der Mosel - Portrait of a winegrowing village - A village and its people in old and new pictures . In the years that followed, many other publications, brochures and newspaper articles followed, dealing with the history of individual parishes, people, churches, church property, art institutions and museums in the Cochem-Zell district.
In addition, in the annual editions of the Cochem-Zell homeland yearbook, he regularly reminded of recurring anniversaries, birthdays or days of death of personalities from the Cochem-Zell district. He became known to his readership through over 45 individual contributions in the district yearbooks that he submitted between 1985 and his death, including some reviews .
At the local political level, he successfully campaigned for the protection of monuments and the preservation of the landscape by repeatedly pointing out the historical and artistic riches of the Moselle landscape and the importance of preserving this natural beauty of the region and its millennia-old character as a wine-growing landscape.
It was also he who established and maintained contact between the art patron Peter Ludwig and Sankt Aldegund in the 1960s . In addition, he campaigned for the continued existence and redevelopment of museums such as those in Karden , Mittelstrimmig and Senheim , as well as for the redesign and conversion of the Cochem Capuchin monastery into a cultural center, the renovation of which the city of Cochem was able to complete in 1998. Shortly before his death, the municipal administration of Sankt Aldegund proposed him for the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in April 2000 . The two halves of his tombstone, connected by a cross, bear as an inscription a quote from the 1st letter of the apostle Paul to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 13: 9f): “Our knowledge is piecemeal, our planning is piecemeal. But when the perfection comes, the piecemeal is dismissed ”.
In addition to his professional activity, Schommers supported several honorary positions.
- 1964–1968: Chairman of the staff council at the grammar school
- 1960–1970: Liaison teacher
- 1970–1973: Youth work in media education in Cochem and at the Marienburg near Zell
- 1976–1998: textbook reviewer
- 1980–1987: youth judge
- 1984–1999: Member of the Provincial Care Advisory Council and the Culture and School Support Committee in the Cochem-Zell district
- 1984–2000: Chairman of the Cochem-Zell Regional Association of the Rhenish Association for Monument Preservation and Landscape Protection
- Member of the municipal council of VG Zell
- 1979–1984: Mayor of Sankt Aldegund
- From 1975: Member of the Board of Trustees of the Mosel Summer Academy
- 1988: Order of Merit of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate , presented by the then Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate , Bernhard Vogel
- St. Aldegund on the Moselle. Gesellschaft für Buchdruckerei AG , Neuss 1977, ISBN 978-3-880-94172-4 .
- with Konradin Roth and Peter Scherl: Father Martin von Cochem . 1634-1712. For the popular writer's 350th birthday. Parish of St. Martin, Cochem 1984.
- with Kurt Erbar: City of Cochem. Ed. from the Rhenish Association for Monument Preservation and Landscape Protection . Neusser Druck und Verlag, Neuss 1987 [1. Ed .; 2. verb. Ed. 1990], ISBN 978-3-880-94574-6 .
- with Annette Schommers: Saalkirchen der Hinteren Grafschaft Sponheim (Hunsrück). Neusser Druck und Verlag, Neuss 1989, ISBN 978-3-880-94613-2 .
- Moselle. DuMont Reise Verlag, Cologne, ISBN 978-3-770-13741-1 .
- Edited by: Mosel, Eifel, Hunsrück. The district of Cochem-Zell, landscape, culture, history, economy. For the 10th anniversary of the circle. District of Cochem-Zell, Cochem 1979.
- Mitw./ Rev .: Alfons Friderichs, Karl Josef Gilles: Beilstein on the Mosel. Edited by Rhenish Association for Monument Preservation and Landscape Protection. Neusser Druck und Verlag, Neuss 1987, ISBN 978-3-880-94591-3
- Mitw .: Municipality of Valwig on the Moselle. Edited by Rhenish Association for Monument Preservation and Landscape Protection. Neusser Druck und Verlag, Neuss 1992, ISBN 978-3-880-94681-1 .
- Mitw .: Municipality of Bruttig-Fankel on the Moselle. Edited by Rhenish Association for Monument Preservation and Landscape Protection. Neusser Druck und Verlag, Neuss 1992, ISBN 978-3-880-94675-0 .
- Mitw .: Municipality of Ellenz-Poltersdorf on the Moselle. Edited by Rhenish Association for Monument Preservation and Landscape Protection. Neusser Druck und Verlag, Neuss 1995, ISBN 978-3-880-94785-6 .
- Mitw .: The Swan Church near Roes, Eifel. Edited by Rhenish Association for Monument Preservation and Landscape Protection. Neusser Druck und Verlag, Neuss 1999, ISBN 978-3-880-94852-5 .
- Two to fifteen - or: the social question. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1985, p. 149.
- It happened before ... dates and facts about local history. In: Yearbook District Cochem-Zell 1986, p. 7.
- The Strimmiger-Berg Local History Museum. In: Yearbook Kreis Cochem-Zell 1986, pp. 120-125.
- Elector of Trier visitator in Lieg / Lütz - Father Martin von Cochem . In: Yearbook District Cochem-Zell 1986, p. 172 f.
- It happened before ... home history data. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1987, pp. 15-17.
- Replacement of grazing rights between St. Aldegund and Beuren 1865, a legal dispute from the electoral era. In: Yearbook District Cochem-Zell 1987, p. 82 f.
- Religious buildings of the 19th century in a circle. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1987, pp. 130-135.
- It happened before ... dates and facts about local history. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1988, pp. 11-16.
- Laurenz P. Trelde, a romantic draftsman on the Moselle. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1988, pp. 41-44.
- Franz Pauly from St. Aldichtung - a painter in Düsseldorf - a small tribute to his 150th birthday on December 18, 1987. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1988, pp. 76-82.
- Addendum, 80 years ago the first power station of the Cochem district was built in Ebernach . In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1988, pp. 41-44.
- It happened before ... dates and facts about local history. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1989, pp. 33-35.
- An unusual house in Senheim by the architect Otto Finé (1880–1963). In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1989, pp. 119-122.
- Bourgeois architecture at the turn of the century in Cochem (1870–1914). In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1989, pp. 145–155
- An artist episode in 1863 in St. Aldegund and Alf. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1990, p. 108 f.
- Prelate Prof. Dr. Alois Thomas on reaching the age of 95. The church expansion in Klotten in 1865, one of the most exemplary neo-Gothic building measures in the Rhineland. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1991, .. pp. 15-21.
- Home, sweet home? Comments on the crisis of our home culture. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1991, pp. 187-191.
- Prof. Dr. Dr. Ferdinand Pauly on the 50th anniversary of the priesthood. The former Minorite monastery in Merl / Mosel. The original system from 1293 based on architectural studies . In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1992, pp. 34-39.
- The image program of the parish church of St. Aldegund, an implementation of Vaticanum II 1965/66. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1992, pp. 90-94
- The castle Arras before its destruction - An architectural history investigation. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1993, pp. 95-99.
- Petrus Mosellanus from Bruttig - Fankel on his 500th birthday. The oldest biography of the important Moselle humanist from 1536. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1993 , pp. 117–122.
- The parish church in Hambuch , a “spatial staging” from the 19th century has been restored. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1993, pp. 217-221.
- Thoughts on “10 Years of the District Home Yearbook”. In: Yearbook District Cochem-Zell 1994, p. 13.
- The "sans-culottes" came 200 years ago. The occupation of the Moselle region by the French revolutionary armies in 1794. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1994, pp. 26–32.
- From the cloister courtyard to the artist courtyard - the “Brauweiler Hof” in Kail. In: Yearbook District Cochem-Zell 1994, p. 260 f.
- Theis Külwer's houses in Eller. In: Yearbook District Cochem-Zell 1995, p. 118 f.
- Two unnoticed masterpieces in Ellenz - a surprising discovery during the inventory of monuments. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1995, pp. 127–129.
- The new building of the Bruttiger Church 150 years ago. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1995, pp. 130-132.
- For the 70th birthday of Oswald Mathis Ungers from Kaisersesch. Architecture as the theme of a life. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1996, pp. 7-10.
- The “Kulturkampf” began 125 years ago. The population of our district in the conflict between obedience to the state and loyalty to the church. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1996, pp. 11-17.
- The rectory with the "Iron Cross": Christian Müller, pastor in St. Aldegund 1898–1923. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1996, pp. 31-35.
- From pig and mess. Yiddish in the Moselle dialect. In: Yearbook District Cochem-Zell 1996, p. 228 f.
- One of the most beautiful cultural monuments in the district: The Antwerp altar in the parish church of Zell-Merl, a religious and historical testimony. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1997, pp. 78-82.
- Lukas Muÿrer (bricklayer) called Muranus from Ellenz , Jesuit , reformer and scholar in Erfurt . A sketch for the 400th anniversary of his death (October 13, 1597). In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1997, pp. 9-103.
- Two precious manuscripts, The Codex Eller from the 9th century and the Stuben Gradual. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1998, pp. 111-113.
- The secret of house brands . Using the example of Kail - Brieden and St. Aldegund. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1998, pp. 220–222.
- 900 years ago ..., Lutzerath -Driesch - Notes on the interpretation of place names. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1998, pp. 242–246.
- Ph. J. Theissen from Eller was the first to die. “Some call it coincidence, others call it God's disposition; A Moselaner from the Cochem district was the first to die in the March Revolution of 1848 in Berlin ”. In: Yearbook District Cochem-Zell 1999, p. 29 f.
- See the world - interpret the world. "Fine arts in the Cochem-Zell district". In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1999, pp. 35-46.
- The elector Vogts Peter Nicolaus Henrichs from St. Aldegund invalid Easter communion 1781 in Bremm . In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1999, pp. 142–145.
- Klotten: From the royal court to the city wall. Notes on the development up to the High Middle Ages. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 1999, pp. 179-181.
- Kaimt and Merl - the "Riviera" of the Moselle-Hunsrück nobility. Parts I and II: Court and residential houses of the secular and spiritual nobility in Kaimt. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 2000, pp. 105–117.
- Original or fake? A Grenderich document from 1239 in the state main archive. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 2000, p. 219 f.
- "Vonn äänem, dä weggääht". German Franzen from Ediger (1952–2000) in memoriam. In: Yearbook District Cochem-Zell 2001, p. 7.
- “War on the palaces! Peace to the huts? ”The French period in the Cochem-Zell district 1794–1814. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 2001, pp. 8–35.
- Alfons Friderichs and Reinhold Schommers: Büchel a "stronghold" for Eifel history and literature. Memories of forgotten local writers. In: Jahrbuch Kreis Cochem-Zell 2001, pp. 177-179.
- Alfons Friderichs (Ed.): Schommers, Reinhold . In: Personalities of the Cochem-Zell District, Kliomedia, Trier 2004, ISBN 3-89890-084-3 , p. 323.
- Alfons Friderichs: In Memoriam Reinhold Schommers. Yearbook of the Cochem-Zell district 2002, p. 7 f.
- In an article in the Rhein-Zeitung in the October 23, 2000 edition, the personality of the deceased is emphasized in an obituary.
- Appreciation of the academic achievements of R. Schommers in the Wochenspiegel in the Cochem-Zell edition of November 11, 2000 by the headmaster of the Martin-von-Cochem high school, Klaus Brück.
- Further obituaries and appreciations were given by the District Administrator Eckhard Huwer for the district of Cochem-Zell and by Alfons Altmeier for the Friends of the Moselle.
- Acknowledgments from the Moselle Wine Museum in Senheim and from the Lions Club with personal words that reflected his reputation, which extends far beyond his home community, and his tireless commitment to his Moselle homeland.
- Entry on Reinhold Schommers in the Rhineland-Palatinate personal database
- Literature by and about Reinhold Schommers in the catalog of the German National Library
- Literature by and about Reinhold Schommers in the bibliographic database WorldCat
- Alfons Friderichs: Reinhold Schommers died ten years ago. (PDF), obituary for the ten-year anniversary of death
- Kulturzentrum Kapuzinerkloster , accessed on June 21, 2018.
- Mosel Wine Museum Senheim , accessed on June 24, 2018.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German director of studies in Cochem|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 12, 1936|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Sankt Aldegund|
|DATE OF DEATH||October 19, 2000|
|Place of death||Sankt Aldegund|