"The East: A West German Invention" has met with great interest and is much discussed - in everyday conversations, in the media, at events. After the sold-out book premiere in the Kulturbrauerei, Literatur LIVE and Ullstein Verlag decided to hold a third joint event in Berlin. This time Dirk Oschmann discussed with the journalist Wiebke Hollersen (Berliner Zeitung).
The Leipzig Germanist shows how the West defines itself as the norm and the East as a deviation, even more than thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Our media, politics, economy and science are dominated by West German perspectives. The author pointedly examines how this othering and the lack of social, economic and discursive equality deprives people from the East of the opportunity to speak publicly and damages our society - and thus initiates a long overdue debate.
Dirk Oschmann, born in Gotha in 1967, is a professor of modern German literature at the University of Leipzig. His FAZ article on the subject has been widely shared and commented on.
Wiebke Hollersen, born in East Berlin, studied journalism, history and politics and did a traineeship at the Berliner Zeitung. She has written reports and portraits for SPIEGEL in the capital city office and in the society department, and about science for WELT AM SONNTAG. She has been a reporter for the Berliner Zeitung since 2021.
An event by Literatur LIVE in cooperation with Ullstein Verlag and Thalia Buchhandlung.
(Program in German)