Donor’s disclosures deliver a shock to the system

For many years, Winfried Stöcker has been regarded in Germany as a successful entrepreneur who is also socially committed. However, many Germans have changed their minds following the sequence of events set in motion when Mr Stöcker – who is an honorary professor at, and major donor to, the University of Lübeck – refused to allow a benefit concert in favour of refugees at a luxury department store that he owns.

A fierce, and public, row between Mr Stöcker and Lübeck has followed, highlighting some important issues for German universities.

Mr Stöcker purchased the Görlitzer Warenhaus, in the eastern city of Görlitz, after it starred as the titular location in the film The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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