Welcome to ExHelferNet, the Schloß Elmau ex-Helfer(in) Network.

This is the third incarnation of the site (following exElmau), designed to allow anyone interested to update the info (in Wikipedia style), rather than relying on one individual to keep track of everything. Any former Helfer or Helferin can suggest and even implement changes to the site.

Wikipedia has some general information on Schloß Elmau itself (and of course the Schloß has its own website). This site is here for the sake of those who used to work there as Helfer or Helferinnen, to enable them to reminisce and maybe get back in touch with old friends.

The site was set up with pages for certain groups of years. It might work better as a spreadsheet showing more accurately who was there at any time: a sample sheet with just 4 entries is here. But unless people use the site, there's no point updating it.

Some other sites which may be of interest:

  • Many photos of Elmau in 1980-85 are on Flickr, and anyone can add their own pictures there.
  • There are dozens of pictures on Marco Schipper's site too.
  • The Yahoo Group is defunct - it wavered between frenetic activity and months without a single message, but was a very good way to find old friends. Here is an archive copy.
  • The Dutch "Hyve" is also defunct - here is an archive copy.
  • The most active group now, particularly for more recent Helfer/Helferin, is on Facebook.


Much of the various lists is based on the memories of the founder (Ben Jones), and his correspondence with others in the years since. The site used to include email addresses, but these change so often they've now been removed - with luck, those listed here will update their own details. Those who have since married are shown with maiden names. If you see someone you'd like to contact but no details are shown, try searching on Facebook or LinkedIn, or asking in the FB group. To add names (or dates) currently missing, or update your own info, join the network (this site will then be 'shared' with you so you can then edit it).

Recent Announcements

  • Adding information to the wiki You can only add information to this wiki (or amend existing information) if one of the owners "shares" it with you. To do that, contact them via the Join the ...
    Posted 12 Apr 2012, 15:38 by Ben Jones
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