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WE DIDN'T LOVE ALL - the story of the Wolf family of the century

A play about vehement women, ideological debates and the cosmos of one of the most influential families of the GDR. The Wolf family was characterized by women of conviction in the resistance against fascism, in the belief in socialism and struggling to find an attitude towards the GDR. While the men made films, treated people, wrote books or helped to build up the state security, the women were fugitives from the Republic, spies, observers, persecuted, communists, fighters and accomplices. WIR LIEBTEN NICHT ALLE delves into the private sphere in order to understand the political.

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: WIR LIEBTEN NICHT ALLE
André Simonow

The family saga: Emmi Wolf, whose father was murdered in a concentration camp, is a convinced anti-fascist. At her side, husband Markus Wolf advances to become the head of GDR foreign espionage. His second wife Christa is first a collaborator, then a victim of the Stasi. When he met his third wife Andrea Stingl in the mid-1980s, who had been imprisoned for Republikflucht (escape from the Republic), he made a change and sought proximity to opposition figures.

How honest is this development? The family picture also includes brother and filmmaker Konrad Wolf and his parents: doctor and writer Friedrich Wolf and Else Wolf, who held the family together for decades. At whose expense?

On the occasion of Markus Wolf's 100th birthday next year, Eleganz aus Reflex asks about personal motives for taking a stand for or against a cause, and the consequences of those decisions on the lives of others and the course of history. Inverting the famous Mielke quote, WIR LIEBTEN NICHT ALLE attempts an honest examination of individual responsibility vis-à-vis the political system.

The theater evening shines a light into the thicket of (mis)information, guided myths and orally transmitted narratives and shows how it might have been.

(Program in German)
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with Lisa Heinrici / Mariann Yar / Katharina Merschel text/direction Carolin Millner dramaturgy Lisa Schettel stage/costume/lighting Maylin Habig / Nils Wildegans video Arda Funda assistent Sylvia Eck photo André Simonow production manager Jasna Witkoski

Supported by Christian Ostermann / Friedrich Wolf Gesellschaft / Archiv der Akademie der Künste / Dr. Jens Gieseke (Leibniz-Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung) / Stasimuseum Berlin in der Zentrale des MfS / Stasi-Unterlagen-Archiv / Bundesarchiv / Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv /Robert Conrad und Leon Kahane

production ELEGANCE FROM REFLEX co-production TD Berlin

funded by den Hauptstadtkulturfonds, das Land Hessen and Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main institutionally funded by Kulturamt der Stadt Frankfurt am Main
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