– in Switzerland – destined to be Lost… Forever!
Ensuring a Cultural Legacy.
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A long list of celebrities, VIP’s, artists, authors, intellectuals and scientists moved to the Alps in the past century to enjoy the majestic landscapes of Switzerland, in a place that would shield them from the rest of the World’s turmoil.
During WWII many who fled Nazi Germany had no other choice than to seek refuge in this neutral country wedged between Hitler and Mussolini.
Among them, was the World’s most famous anti-war novelist Erich Maria Remarque, who fled his homeland in the early 1930′s to avoid certain persecution by the Nazi regime, who was after him because of “…literary Treason against the German Soldier” after penning his best-selling “All Quiet on the Western Front“.
Remarque found refuge in Porto Ronco on the shores of Lago Maggiore, in Switzerland’s southernmost “Three-Lakes Region” shared with Italy, until his death in 1970. He rests in peace at the Ronco sopra Ascona cemetery, alongside his famous wife Paulette, and mother-in law Alta-Mae Goddard.
Remarque, considered to be “The First Playboy” and the “Last Romantic” of the 20th Century, had many illustrious lovers – Natasha Paley-Romanov, Marlene Dietrich, Hedy Lamarr, Dorothy Lamour, Greta Garbo – and more – but no woman made him happier than Hollywood Star of the 30′s and 40′s, the unimitable Paulette Goddard – known in film history for acting alongside then-husband Charlie Chaplin’s last silent movie “Modern Times” and his first “talkie” “The Great Dictator“.
The love story of Paulette Goddard and Erich Maria Remarque begins in the early 50′s and has endured until her passing in 1990.
The Villa changed hands twice since Remarque, and its current owner has now decided to sell the property. There is exceptionally strong interest in this piece of Real Estate, as it’s one of the very few Villas on the market – set on one of the largest pieces of lakefront land available in the area. There are plans by a developer to demolish the Villa and replace it with two smaller beach homes.
We would like to prevent that from happening, and instead fulfill Paulette’s wish to make her Home available to the Arts.
The “Erich Maria Remarque and Paulette Goddard Foundation”, created with support and guidance from Remarque-related entities worldwide, has closely followed the effort to save Remarques’ home from possible destruction.
A concept proposal (PDF) for an Artist Residence and “Epicenter of Peace” honoring Remarque and Goddard has been elaborated in cooperation with the “Remarque Gesellschaft” and the Remarque Peace Center at the University of Osnabrück.
Saving Casa Monte Tabor, one of a handful of Swiss Hollywood landmarks, means we will forever sear Paulette’s and Remarque’s legacy into Swiss and Hollywood History – which was Paulette’s original intent by donating her beloved home and her $20M fortune to the Arts upon her death in 1990.
learns of their past.
To support this key project and other related initiatives to ensure the visibility of our two fascinating 20th Century luminaries, the Foundation is seeking financial and in-kind assistance from interested Entities in Switzerland, Germany and the United States.
On behalf of dozens of volunteers, supporters and donors who have already dedicated their time and effort to this cause, I would like to Thank You for your time and attention.
Michael H. Gaedeke-Sartori
Paulette Goddard was one of Maybelline's most popular models in the 1940's and a personal favorite of Maybelline founder Tom Lyle Williams. She is also the # 1 all-time most popular post on the Maybelline Blog. I'm delighted to feature Michael H. Gaedeke-Sartori and the EMRPG Foundation today as my guest Blogger and hope you enjoy this priceless piece of Hollywood history, few people know anything about.
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Paulette Goddard’s Enviable Accessories (stylelist.com)
- The Black Obelisk (theluria.wordpress.com)
- Hollywood Dreams Of Wealth, Youth And Beauty (npr.org)
- Film Review ALL Quiet on THE Western Front 1930 (socyberty.com
- A virtually forgotten piece of Hollywood History – in Switzerland – destined to be Lost… Forever!Ensuring a Cultural Legacy
- Introduction (en)
- The Protagonists
- Erich Maria Remarque
- Remarque’s mini-biography and timeline
- Paulette Goddard
- The Vision
- Casa Monte Tabor Intro (video)