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Texts against anti-Semitism

“Anti-Semitism is not a Jewish problem, it is our problem,” wrote Jean-Paul Sartre in 1946. This sentence applies even more here and now than it did back then. Non-Jewish Germans, regardless of their origin, cannot be indifferent if anti-Semitic violence is once again increasing rapidly in Germany.

Nobody should be left indifferent when Jews in Germany once again begin to ask themselves anxiously where the hatred will lead. Where they cannot live safely and free from fear, soon no one will be able to live freely anymore.

That's why Herta Müller, Thea Dorn, Seyran Ateş, Ulrich Matthes and others read from texts by Jean Améry, Hannah Arendt, Gabriele Tergit and others.

Against fear, for peaceful coexistence

“The situation of Jewish fellow citizens here in Berlin, in our shared city, also concerns us very much at the Deutsches Theater. Of course we ask ourselves the question: What can each and every one of us do against the fear that is also present here in our city? We would like to show solidarity with our Jewish fellow citizens living in Germany. We must continue to visit Jewish cultural institutions, museums or restaurants and shops, we should do so now and in doing so send a signal against fear, for solidarity and peaceful coexistence.”

Iris Laufenberg, director of the German Theater Berlin

An event by PEN Berlin at the Deutsches Theater Berlin
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