A scenic-musical radio play reading of texts by Bertolt Brecht from the period between 1934 and 1938.
This in-house production not only draws inspiration from Bertolt Brecht's texts from his work "Fear and Misery of the Third Reich", but also from contemporary testimonies such as hits from the 30s and 40s and, above all, from the sounds of this period so marked by fears, exclusion and expulsion Outbreak of the Second World War.
Why “Fear and Misery?” The original title “Germany - a horror fairy tale” shows the tradition in which Brecht wanted this piece to be placed. He saw the conditions in the "Reich" with the keen eye of emigrants and described them with brief, realistic accuracy. In an almost naturalistic way, Brecht shows ways of thinking, methods of oppression and control and the forms of behavior initiated by them, which document the frightening lack of dignity of a people, but also show how people's behavior comes about. Parallels to today and the state of our country are not only frightening, but intentional and troubling.
Can history repeat itself? “Those who do not remember history are condemned to live through it again” (quote from the Spanish philosopher George Santayana at the entrance to Block 4 in the Auschwitz concentration camp)
And when we saw them move,
then we shouted loudly:
Don't any of you say no?
You can't keep quiet!
The war they are driving you into
can't be yours!
An attempt that is intended to send a signal against increasing anti-Semitism, racism, nationalism, xenophobia, warmongering, but also against anti-democratic politics and propaganda.
Director: Kathrin Schülein
Stage: Max Richter