On Friends And Foes of an Open Society - Wolf Biermann in Interview with Ulrich Schreiber [D]

Sep 09, 2017 08:45 pm
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Upper Foyer
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As an adolescent, Wolf Biermann, born in Hamburg in 1936, set out to contribute to the construction of Socialism in the GDR, following the murder of his communist father in Auschwitz. Biermann Over the years, his thinking, poetry, and songs came into opposition with prevailing politics – he was interested in overcoming bureaucratic and Stalinist conditions. It was only after his expatriation, at the beginning of the 1980s, when Manès Sperber »pulled his [communist] tooth« [W. B.], that he turned away from socialist ideas. The conversation will revolve around the question what kind of democracy and freedom we mean when we are talking about them. And who are the enemies, who are the friends of an open society?


ULRICH SCHREIBER [D] is the founder and director of the »internationales literaturfestival berlin«. Together with Priya Basil, he curates the »International Congress for Democracy and Freedom«.


WOLF BIERMANN [D] is a poet, singer-songwriter. Most radical critic of the one-party dictatorship in the GDR, exiled in 1976. He provokingly weighs in on daily politics with his sharp-tongued essays.