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Discussion in HAU in Berlin : Only from the perspective of the victim, we are not able to understand the GDR

"tell DDR new!" The imperative is emblazoned large on the stage of the Hebbel-theatre. Including: the heads of the Berlin culture Senator Klaus Lederer from the Left, the author and performer Luise Meier, the writer and historian Karsten Krampitz and cultural studies, Carola S. Rudnick, which are loaded as discussion guests to the theme. The Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) is not the first Institution that tried, in 30. Year after the fall of the Berlin wall – and to bring in the context of a multi-day festival with Performances and debates – movement in the GDR discourse. The want, therefore, to authorize, to say it with Karsten Krampitz, the GDR, neither "glorify" nor "demon". Because in such a polarized view of history ninety percent of the East Germans not to be found again.

The topic of the economy. A week ago, the theatre promoted pre-conference Format "the Palace of the Republic" in the house of the Berliner Festspiele, in this respect, interesting voices. That afterwards someone would be with a completely new GDR-image-gone home, is suspect for those event, just as little as it is now for the discussion in the fully occupied HAU 1. But stimulating view of axis shifts, there are all.

Beneficial high level

In the HAU, a native of Hamburg Carola S. Rudnick, who heads 2011 to DDR processing with a PhD, and now the "euthanasia"memorial of Lüneburg, with her keynote speech on soothing the highest level. And shall designate one of the "imbalances", in which the East German culture of memory sick from an academic point of view: the fact that the Historicization of the GDR have used directly with your end, Rudnick, had not been made in the work-up first of historians. Rather, interests - driven) politicians would be comprehensible (the interpretation of, or witnesses to, the keyword of the former Stasi prison hohenschönhausen - solid under the East German Regime suffered: Morally, but for the historical classification, Rudnick, is not always and necessarily beneficial. Also, the offender research is important: "Only from the perspective of the victim, we are not able to understand history."

In the Missy-Magazine-editor Margarita. moderated HAU-discussion of the art piece, which can make processing difficult at the end of "discrepancy between personal memory and historical research" for two hours of productive to succeed in actually. The interplay between academic analysis and the contributions of the "experience generation" in persona Lederer, Meier, and Krampitz, who were all born in Eastern Germany, runs here in a less confrontational way than enlightening additive.

Lederer: "The victims have not determined solid the discourse"

He did not have the impression, contrary to Lederer about Rudnick, "that the victims have solid determines the discourse." To little anyway, also in terms of recognition, when the "broken biographies, the Expatriation, the forced adoptions" have to bear in mind that is responsible for the "repressive System". "I'm talking about the GDR as a dictatorship," says Lederer. He wear a special kind of three coats: the culture Senator, the witness, the self, up to 14. Year of life in the GDR lived, but also as a member of a party that is historically the responsibility. He had become "radicalised", what relates to the "hardness of the criticism of the GDR". At the latest, since he had been sitting at the time at the round table by Berlin for the youth and "live catch", "how apparatus like the Stasi Makes it work."

At a high level the differences and in the public discourse present the comparison of NS and GDR dictatorship: For him, Lederer, and is "always in the center, to put this in perspective the rupture of Civilization in the Holocaust, its singularity, to be discussed further." Critically also instrumentalisation of the characters asks, in this connection; for example, the anti-fascist legitimacy strategies of the SED Nomenklatura.

How the DDR club leads to a lack of capitalism, critical research

and performer Luise Meier - the one with 34 years of recent invited Discussant, not the fall of the wall in the school, interfere with the development of the historical distance, however, above all, that every Argument, "going in the direction of braking of capitalism", with the reference to the GDR-dictatorship will author anesthetized: Actually, confirmed Rudnick, have led to this "club" in the University area to a desideratum of capitalism and critical economic research. Apart from that, the expert, the DDR in the processing to be isolated as much as "under a cheese bell". An important piece of the puzzle", if you Association ignored the international and especially the" bi-national perspective, "the missing"; therefore, the Federal Republic of Germany, "which was, of course, the strengthening of the West German economy and new markets".

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so there Remains plenty of discussion material for future podiums, especially since even not all files are accessible. But in the HAU chosen way is promising.

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