Dr. David Zersen

DAVID ZERSEN, D.Min., Ed.D., is President Emeritus of Concordia University Texas. He and his wife, Julie live in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Zersen has published extensively on the subject of the Wends in the United States in journals like Lutheran ForumLutheran Quarterly and Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly and in Europe in Pomhaj Bóh and Serbska Protyka.Additionally he has edited books on Wendish themes including A Rock Against Alien Waves (2008) by Charles Wukasch, Shores of Hope (2009) by Trudla Malinkowa, and The Poetry and Music of Jan Kilian (2010). Zersen was made an Honorary Wend of the Texas Wendish Historical Society in 2001.

Jan Kilian’s Legacy in the United States

This is an English version of a German lecture delivered by David Zersen, OhD. in Bautzen for the 200th birthday of Jan Kilian. The lectures were subsequently published in German in a book titled Jan Kilian (1811-1884) Pastor, Poet, Emigrant. Bautzen: Domowina Verlag, 2014. There is a huge difference between a bequest and a legacy. …

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The Impact Of Environment On Artistic Expression: Understanding Mato Kosyk’s Poetry From The Perspective Of The New World

This is the English version of a manuscript, written in English and translated into German by David Zersen, PhD. that was subsequently published as a chapter in a German language book as Der Einfluss der Umgebung auf den kuenstlerischen Ausdruck: Einblicke in die Poesie von Mato Kosyk aus der Sicht der neuen Welt by Peter …

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The Impact In America Of The Smallest Slavonic Nation

This manuscript by David Zersen, PhD. was subsequently published in the The Lutheran Forum as “The Impact in America of the Smallest Slavonic Nation” (2015) Most Lutherans immigrated to the United States as individuals or within a family group. However, there were interesting immigrations that arrived as large groups. Among the least known are the …

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Theological Struggles In A Texas Log Cabin

A later version of this manuscript by David Zersen, PhD. was published as “An Isolated Texas Lutheran Scholar Living in Hope” in The Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, Vol. 91, No. 2, Summer 2018. Recently an end-time mood caught me off-guard. Using the TV remote, during a manic moment of channel-switching, I chanced on a vivid, …

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An Enormous Contribution From A Minority Lutheran Church Community In Europe That Deserves Appreciation.

This article by Dr David Zersen was delivered as a conference paper in various formats as a draft for the Foreword to Five Centuries: The Wends and the Reformation. David Zersen, Managing Editor of Concordia University Press. In recent years, I’ve had several occasions to reflect on the significant impact that minority cultures have had …

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Surprise! The Greatest German Hymnist of the Post-Reformation Era Was a Wend.

This article by David Zersen and Eric Mellenbruch first appeared in Serbska Protyka in the Fall 2017. Click on the following link to see more pictures of Jan Krygar. The Life and Ministry of Jan Krygar The most prolific Lutheran composer of chorale tunes following Martin Luther’s Reformation is generally remembered as the German, Johann Crüger. …

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Did Luther Really Say? Contexts for Luther’s Comments on the Wends

This article by David Zersen first appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly. It is printed here by permission of the author. -0- People checking the back pages of denominational publications or church newspapers this year may find numerous invitations to join a study/travel-group to Luther-land. They are being encouraged to …

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Austin’s Luther Statue Talks to Students – by Dr David Zersen

This article by David Zersen was originally published in Pomhaj Bóh, the Wendish language church newspaper in Lusatia. Statues of and memorials to Martin Luther are well-known in Germany and in the United States, but none of them were erected before the mid-nineteenth century. The first statue of Luther was erected in Wittenberg in 1821, …

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Bronze Plaque Remembers Sorbian American War Heroes by David Zersen

The following article appeared in the April 2015 Newsletter of the Texas Wendish Heritage Society in Serbin, Texas. Bronze Plaque Remembers Sorbian American War Heroes [Even while we continue to observe the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, we should also remember that 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of …

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Eating the Way our Ancestors Ate By David Zersen

The following article appeared in the April 2015 Newsletter of the Texas Wendish Heritage Society in Serbin, Texas. Jan Ernest Smoler and Jan Kilian were contemporaries, although not always friendly ones. As editor of a newspaper in Bautzen, Smoler published negative letters sent from the Serbin colony leading to years of tension between Smoler and …

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