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Udo Jürgens

A man who made songs for all generations.

Jürgen Udo Bockelmann was born on the 30th of September 1934, in Klagenfurt, Austria. He was the child of two Germans and he grew up in a castle (Schloss Ottmanach) with his parents and his two brothers.

Udo Jürgens taught himself how to play the piano when he was a kid. After high school, he started studying music in the academy of music of Karnten and later in the Mozarteum in Salzburg. The style of his music was Schlager-music, Chanson, Jazz and pop music.

During his years of study, he started playing Jazz and Swing in the Café Lerch, a Café with dancing. In 1950, he won a composer competition in Austria, where he was the youngest participant. In 1964, he debuted his talent at the Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson with the song “Warum nur, warum?” (“Why, just why?”) and reached 6th place. Afterward, he had his first big success. The song also reached number 23 in the US-Charts and number 4 in Great Britain. The song “17 Jahr´, blondes Haar” in 1965 was his next achievement. In this year, Bockelmann partook in his second appearance at the ESC in Neapel, where he reached 4th place. In the year 1966, Bockelmann’s third outing, this time in Luxembourg, resulted in, a victory at the competition with the song “Merci, Chérie”. He was the first Austrian to win this prestigious achievement.

In his song “Griechischer Wein” from 1974, he is singing about a Greek migrant worker and it was his next big success. Because of this song, he also got invited to Athens where the Prime Minister from Greece welcomed him. In 1978, he sang the song “Buenos días, Argentina” for the German Football team which was also his biggest financial success.

Afterward, his career had quieted down until a triumphant return in 2007. When his Jukebox-Musical “Ich war noch niemals in New York” (“I have never been to New York”) got published, and to this day it is still on show in Vienna.

On the 21st of December 2014, he died during a walk in Switzerland. In January, the following month, his urn was positioned in the city hall of Vienna so the Federal President and Federal Chancellor of Austria could provide the last honor. Since May 2015, it has been placed in a special grave at the central cemetery of Vienna with a sculpture of a piano his brother made.

Short bio of the volunteer:

Julia, from Austria, is 18 years old and is now part of the Madeira Heritage voluntary program. Likes to go hiking, swimming, and reading, and is looking forward to learning about the culture and history from this wonderful island.


Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.

Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.

In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.

European Voluntary Service

Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.

We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.

Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.