was born in Waldenburg (Silesia) in 1933. After studying acting and taking on a few smaller roles, he studied history at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich and graduated in 1965 with a doctorate.
As an employee of the Goethe Institute, he held various positions in Indonesia and Japan. He was stationed in Jakarta from 1968 to 1975. More than ten years later he returned to Indonesia and was head of the institute in Bandung from 1988 to 1996. Under his direction, the institute was an open house, where students, artists and intellectuals came together during the last years of the Suharto period. For the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia in 1995, he organized an international symposium on the work and life of the Javanese painter Raden Saleh.
After his retirement, Peter Sternagel moved to Berlin and devoted himself to translating Indonesian literature. He has translated the works of well-known authors such as Umar Kayam, Ayu Utami, Andrea Hirata, Wiji Thukul and Afrizal Malna. Peter Sternagel died on April 5, 2020 at the age of 86 in Berlin. The Goethe-Institut Indonesia will remember Mr. Peter Sternagel with gratitude.
Selamat Jalan Pak Peter
Peter Sternagel während eines Empfangs am Goethe-Institut Bandung - 1989
Abschiedsfest von Prof. Dieter Mack, Gastlektor an der IKIP (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia) (rechts) bei Peter Sternagel Zuhause - 1990
Besuch von Dr. Peter Sternagel (Zweiter von rechts) und Dr. Klaus Schulz (Erster von rechts) bei einer privaten Rundfunksender in Bandung - 1990
Peter Sternagel (Zweiter von links) während eines Seminars der IKIP Bandung (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia) - 1990
Peter Sternagel (Erster von rechts unten) bei einem Besuch des deutschen Botschafters Theodor Wallau am Goethe-Institut Bandung - 1991
Peter Sternagel (Erster von rechts unten) mit Mitarbeiter*innen des Goethe-Instituts Bandung - 1992
"I worked with Pak Peter for nine years at the Goethe-Institut Bandung. He was very thorough in all areas of work and was very fond of Indonesian culture. He was a nice and always helpful man. I miss him ... "
- Rostika Purnomo, former head of administration
"There were many stories, joys and worries during the collaboration between Mr. Sternagel and us, former colleagues at the Goethe-Institut Bandung. He was a principal, a teacher, an artist, a friend, and a caring person with a high sense of social affairs. He never stopped working and was always loyal to Indonesia."
– Sulastri Madjid, former program assistant