Artwork: German National Theatre

11.04.2015 | 17:00 Uhr

Is everything well again?
70 years after the liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp. A night at the German National Theatre / 11. 04. 2015 / 5 p.m. / German National Theatre, Weimar

This event is a cooperation of the Memorials Foundation Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora, the German National Theatre of Weimar, the college "Imre Kertész Jena, the Politcal Education Authority of the State Thuringia, the city of Weimar and other partners.

This open evening wants to entertain a large and interested audience of any age. The admission is free.

From the program:

4 p.m.

E-Werk: Guest performance "Soldaten. Protokolle vom Kämpfen, Töten und Sterben" by Sönke Neitzel and Harald Welzer, Theatre Hanover, Directed by Thomas Dannemann

5 p.m.

Admission to Großes Haus (Main building)

Music in the foyer: "Schumu-Big Band" of the University of Music "Franz Liszt" Weimar playing Swing from the 1930/40s

5.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.

Café with historical witnesses in the foyer as a place to meet and to have informal conversations with survivors of Buchenwald concentration camp. These conversations are accompanied by students of the University of Jena.

6.30 p.m.

Admission to the main stage

7 p.m. - 8.45 p.m.

Main stage: Panel discussion "Is everything well again? 70 years after the liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp"

In this conversation among Mo Asumang (Director), Prof Dr Hajo Funke (Political Scientist), Prof Dr Volkhard Knigge (Director of Memorials Foundation Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora) and Liane von Billerbeck (Host) the experiences of the historical witnesses will be discussed in the context of contemperary events. The platform will be introduced with actor Jonas Slagowsky giving a brief performance of the "Mephisto" monolog from the current repertoire of the German National Theatre.

Monologue from "Mephisto": Jonas Slagowsky
On stage: Mo Asumang, Prof Dr Hajo Funke, Prof Dr Volkhard Knigge
Host: Liane von Billerbeck

8.45 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Events in the National Theatre (some events will already start at 5 p.m.)

Live broadcast by "Radio Lotte" on the topic of refugees and their situation in Weimar and elsewhere.

The public radio station "Radio Lotte" will be present the whole evening with a mobile broadcasting station, leading interviews and offering conversations and discussions.

Presentation: Fritz von Klinggräf, Roland Hirte


First balcony: Exhibition "Spaces of Fear - Victims of nationalistic, racist and anti-semitic violance in Thuringia." by EZRA - Mobile help for victims of nationalistic, racist and anti-semitic violance. Guided tours will be offered.

In front of the Studio Stage: Exhibition "The victims of NSU and the process of dealing with the crimes"by the Institue for Social Scientific Research Nuremberg. Guided tours will be offered.

Foyer: Reading event from the play "Was das Nashorn sah, als es auf die andere Seite des Zaunes schaute"  (What the rhino saw as it looked on the other side of the fence)


Booths informing about different social, political and educational projects. A forum will be offered to citizen initiatives who are concerned with gaining rights for refugees or who are devoted to political education.

10 p.m.

Panel discussion: "From exclusion to the terror of NSU - Racism from the heart of society and neo-nazi violence"

This discussion faces the present day situation: Wolfgang Schorlau (writer of crime-fiction) who has been researching the background of NSU terror, Prof Barbara John, who took care of the victims families as a ombudswoman of the German government, and Prof Dr Fabian Virchow (University of Applied Science Düsseldorf) whose main scientific research is concernd with right-wing-extremism, will talk about NSU terror and the significance and results of every-day-racism.

On stage: Prof Barbara John, Wolfgang Schorlau, Prof Dr Fabian Virchow Host: Dr Raphael Utz, College "Imre Kertész" Jena

11 p.m.

Main stage: Performance of Swiss Contemperary Clezmer band Kolsimcha (The Voice of Happiness)

12 p.m. - 3 a.m.

Foyer: Conclusion of the evening with DJane Schuchi