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Störtebeker & Company


This exhibition traces the story of Klaus Störtebaker back to its roots! It was in the Lübeck Castle Friary, now part of the European Hansemuseum, that it was written down for the first time. So where better to get to the bottom of the legend?

Störtebeker is supposed to have fought against the scrupulous Hanse merchants andHanse museum helped the poor. But do we know who the Vitalian Brethren really were? Do we know the stories of Paul Beneke, Margarete Dume or Bartholomäus Voet? We draw on real historical biographies to show what “piracy” meant from the 14th to the 16th century around the North Sea and the Baltic. And we illustrate what piracy means today too