Descendant of Gundert family, Margret Frenz pays 12th visit to Gundert Bungalow
Thalassery: Margret Frenz travelled back in memories when she saw the renovation works going on at the Gundert Bungalow in Illikkunnu. Margret, who is a member of the sixth generation of Hermann Gundert family, has visited the Bungalow 12 times till date, with the latest on Friday. The last time she visited here was three years back.
It was in 1993, Margret first visited the Gundert home, where Hermann Gundert, the first lexicographer of Malayalam language and his wife Julie Dubois had stayed.
She remembered the dilapidated state of the building during her first visit. “But now, seeing the renovation works and the efforts to protect it, really makes me happy,” she said.
She plans to donate books on Hermann Gundert to the proposed language museum at the Bungalow. She hopes she would be able to donate the books in front of the Bungalow.
Margret earned her doctoral degree from Heidelberg University in Germany for her research studies on Pazhassi Rekhakal.
Before taking up a Heisenberg Position at the Institute of History at the University of Stuttgart, she was a faculty at the Oxford University.
She is the former president of the Hermann Gundert Society based in Germany which is now headed by her brother Christoph.
Margret also met K K Marar, an eminent art historian from Kerala and one of her closest family friend.