Remembering Freddy Dörflinger
On Wednesday 17th June 2020, Alfred Bernhard Dörflinger, aka Freddy, died at 7:30 am at home in Basel, Switzerland.
He was born in Badisch-Rheinfelden, Germany on 18th February 1935, but spent a lot of his early childhood on the Swiss side until the war started.
As an only child he lost his father at the age of four and his Mother raised him on her own during WWII. They had moved to the German part of Rheinfelden and experienced the war there.
At the age of 14 (1949) he and his mother moved to Basel when she re-married.
Freddy completed an apprenticeship as a carpenter/joiner, and in the late 1950’s he went to the Sheiling Schools Ringwood, and then to Newton Dee in Aberdeen, to become a curative educator.
In 1962 he and Susanne married and were asked by Karl König to help with the unfolding Camphill work in South Africa, initially at Lake Farm Camphill Community in Port Elizabeth.
Their first son, Christoph was born there and was christened by Rev. Evelyn Capel-Derry.
In 1964 the family moved to the Dawn Farm Camphill School, Hermanus, where Piet, Markus and Andreas were born, and Freddy became a service holder, and in 1970 to Cresset House where Francis was born in 1971. In 1973 the family started work at Amethyst, nearby, which later, after further moves, and growing to a community of over 20 people, including children and young adults with special needs, became Novalis House, which is still there today, in Blue Hills, Kyalami.
In the mid-1990 Susanne & Freddy began to withdraw from the running of the place to concentrate on living with the elderly people in the newly added senior unit, but they still ran the workshops with the villagers and selling its products at the Bryanston Organic Market.
Susanne and Freddy were active members of all the anthroposophical initiatives in the area, as well as being Class Members. During the apartheid era they were actively supportive of the Waldorf Initiatives such as Inkanyezi Waldorf School and the Baobab Teachers Training (Klaartje Wijnberg, Truus Geraets, Carol and David Lignitzsky), which often made use of the Novalis House premises.
In 2004, while on holidays visiting family in Switzerland, Freddy suffered a heart attack. He recovered, but they never returned to Africa.
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