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Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 6.00 pm
Ģertrūdes ielas teātris
Ģertrūdes iela 101 a
1009 Riga / Latvia
Defending Democracy
A Meditation on Basic Democratic Values in Times of Political and Economic Insecurity
Literary Collage with texts by Mahatma Gandhi, Robert F. Kennedy, Hermynia zur Mühlen, Erich Mühsam, Alfred Polgar, Carl von Ossietzky, Joseph Roth, Hans Sahl, Kurt Tucholsky, Lasantha Wickrematunge, and others
Recitation: Gregorij H. von Leitis
Concept and Introduction: Michael Lahr
Admission: free
In German and English with Latvian Subtitles
Presented by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Latvia in cooperation with the Embassy of the United States of America to Latvia
 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6.00 pm
Karl Jaspers House
Unter den Eichen 22
26122 Oldenburg
Defending Democracy
A Meditation on Basic Democratic Values in Times of Political and Economic Insecurity
Literary Collage with texts by Mahatma Gandhi, Robert F. Kennedy, Hermynia zur Mühlen, Erich Mühsam, Alfred Polgar, Carl von Ossietzky, Joseph Roth, Hans Sahl, Kurt Tucholsky, Lasantha Wickrematunge, and others
Recitation: Gregorij H. von Leitis
Concept and Introduction: Michael Lahr
Admission: free
Presented by the Karl-Jaspers-Society
 
Monday, November 11, 2013 at 7.30 pm
Karl Jaspers House
Unter den Eichen 22
26122 Oldenburg
Resistance of the Heart: Intermarriage and the Rosenstrasse Protest in Nazi Germany in 1943
A Reading from the award-winning book by the US-American historian Nathan Stoltzfus
„Give us back our men!“ shouted the German women whose Jewish husbands had been arrested in Berlin at the end of February 1943 to be deported to extermination camps in the East. Day and night the women - along with relatives and friends - protested in front of the building at Rosenstrasse in the center of Berlin, where their spouses were kept. Neither intimidation nor the threat of force could stop them from continuing with their protest. After a week of non-stop-protest the arrested husbands were released. Being married to an Aryan wife had saved the lives of those Jewish men.
Gertrud Mayer - the wife of Karl Jaspers - who came from an orthodox German-Jewish family of merchants, survived the Nazi Regime only because of her marriage to the German philosopher and psychiatrist.
Based on numerous interviews and conversations with eye-witnesses, Nathan Stoltzfus pursued the destiny of mixed marriages (“Mischehen“) during the National Socialist Regime. He talked with survivors of such mixed marriages, but could also persuade perpetrators to share their stories, for example the former State Secretary in Goebbels’ Ministry of Propaganda. Those first hand accounts add immediacy to the vivid reconstruction of the events.
Recitation: Gregorij H. von Leitis
Concept and Introduction: Michael Lahr
Admission: free
Presented by the Karl-Jaspers-Society
 
Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 8.00 pm
as part of the Festival “Literarischer Herbst 2013”
Lutherzentrum
Martin-Luther-Straße 27 b
59065 Hamm
Defending Democracy
A Meditation on Basic Democratic Values in Times of Political and Economic Insecurity
Literary Collage with texts by Mahatma Gandhi, Robert F. Kennedy, Hermynia zur Mühlen, Erich Mühsam, Alfred Polgar, Carl von Ossietzky, Joseph Roth, Hans Sahl, Kurt Tucholsky, Lasantha Wickrematunge, and others
Recitation: Gregorij H. von Leitis
Concept and Introduction: Michael Lahr
Admission: advance sale € 8.00 (reduced € 6.00) at the box office € 9.00 (reduced € 7.00)
Further information: www.hamm.de
Presented by the Libraries of the City of Hamm in cooperation with the Round Table against Radicalism and Violence Hamm with additional support of the Arnold-Freymuth-Gesellschaft e.V. and the local committee of the DGB Hamm
 
!!! This event has been canceled due to illness.
Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 4.30 pm
Monastery of Bernried (Baroque Music Hall)
Klosterhof 8
82347 Bernried on the shores of Lake Starnberg
Hatred is a Failure of Imagination
Literary homage to the creative energy, imagination and humanity of two outstanding writers, the Austrian cabaret writer and political playwright Jura Soyfer, and the Czech poet and author of songs and plays for children Ilse Weber.
Jura Soyfer was born in December 1912 and perished of typhoid fever in the concentration camp of Buchenwald. He is best known as the author of the famous Dachau Song. Ilse Weber and her husband Willi lived in Prague. After the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, the Webers managed to send their son Hanuš with the Kindertransport to Sweden. In 1942 the Webers and their youngest son Tommy were sent to Theresienstadt, where Ilse worked as a nurse in the children’s infirmary. During her imprisonment she wrote about 60 poems. In October of 1944, Ilse Weber, her husband Willi and her son Tommy were deported to Auschwitz. Upon their arrival, she and her son were immediately murdered in the gas chambers. Her husband Willi survived the Holocaust.
Recitation: Gregorij H. von Leitis
Concept and Introduction: Michael Lahr
Admission: € 12 (Students & Senior Citizens € 9)
Advance Ticket Sales: Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive (info@lahrvonleitisacademy.eu) and Elysium – between two continents e.V. (elysiumbtc@aol.com)
 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 11.30 am
German Cultural Center Sibiu
Strada Mitropoliei 16
Sibiu / Romania
Heinrich Heine: Tell me what does it mean to be human?
A literary Journey through Life
Using famous and lesser known poems, diary entries and prose texts by Heinrich Heine, this literary journey through life spans a big arc, biographically as well as thematically. The program invites the audience to think about the existential questions of mankind.
Gregorij H. von Leitis recites Heine’s texts.
Concept and introduction: Michael Lahr
in cooperation with the German Consulate General Hermannstadt (Sibiu)
 
Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 7.00 pm
as part of the Festival “Cluj Days”
Casa Tranzit
Strada Baritiu 16
Cluj-Napoca / Romania
The Gospel according to Kafka
A Literary Collage
Texts from Franz Kafka’s short stories, letters, diaries, and aphorisms are woven together to a poetic collage, performed by Gregorij H. von Leitis
Concept and introduction: Michael Lahr
presented by the German Cultural Center Cluj
 
Monday, May 20, 2013 at 5.00 pm
Foreign Languages Secondary School
Pleven / Bulgaria
Defending Democracy
A Meditation on Basic Democratic Values in Times of Political and Economic Insecurity
Literary Collage with texts by Mahatma Gandhi, Robert F. Kennedy, Hermynia zur Mühlen, Erich Mühsam, Alfred Polgar, Carl von Ossietzky, Joseph Roth, Hans Sahl, Kurt Tucholsky, Lasantha Wickrematunge, and others
Recitation: Gregorij H. von Leitis
Concept and Introduction: Michael Lahr
in cooperation with the German Embassy Sofia
 
Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7.30 pm
Münchner Künstlerhaus
Lenbachplatz 8
80333 Munich
„We are the Last, question us, we are relevant“
Reading from the vast œuvre of the exiled writer Hans Sahl on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his death
The reading recaptures some of the most creative moments of Hans Sahl’s life, a life between two continents. Sahl’s observations illustrate in detail the destiny of the émigrés, and the tragic events that led to the intellectual exodus of German Jews.
Recitation: Christine Ostermayer and Gregorij H. von Leitis
Concept and Introduction: Michael Lahr
Welcome: Maja Grassinger, President Münchner Künstlerhaus
Admission: € 16
Advance Ticket Sales: München Ticket, phone +49-(0)89-54 81 81 81
www.muenchenticket.de
in cooperation with the Münchner Künstlerhaus
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 2.00 pm
Greenwich Women’s Club
89 Maple Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
Heinrich Heine: Tell me what does it mean to be human?
A literary Journey through Life
Using famous and lesser known poems, diary entries and prose texts by Heinrich Heine, this literary journey through life spans a big arc, biographically as well as thematically. The program invites the audience to think about the existential questions of mankind.
Gregorij H. von Leitis recites Heine’s texts.
Concept and introduction: Michael Lahr
Admission: $ 5
For more information please contact Elisabeth Patterson at 203-461 9733
The program is presented by “Freunde deutscher Sprache”, in cooperation with The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive, and Elysium – between two continents.
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 7.30 pm
Austrian Cultural Forum
11 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
Defending Democracy
A Meditation on Basic Democratic Values in Times of Political and Economic Insecurity
Literary collage with texts by Mahatma Gandhi, Robert F. Kennedy, Hermynia zur Mühlen, Erich Mühsam, Alfred Polgar, Carl von Ossietzky, Joseph Roth, Hans Sahl, Kurt Tucholsky, Lasantha Wickrematunge and others
Narrated by Gregorij H. von Leitis
Concept and introduction: Michael Lahr
Admission: free; however reservations are required.
For reservations please go to www.acfny.org
The program is presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum in cooperation with The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive, and Elysium – between two continents.
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 7.30 pm
Parish Hall St. Ursula
Kaiserplatz 13 a
80803 Munich (Schwabing)
The Gospel according to Kafka
A Literary Collage
Texts from Franz Kafka’s short stories, letters, diaries, and aphorisms are woven together to a poetic collage, performed by Gregorij H. von Leitis
Concept and introduction: Michael Lahr
Admission: free
We gladly appreciate donations for our cultural and educational programs in Eastern Europe.
 
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 12.00 noon
The Lotos Club
5 East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065
26th Annual Erwin Piscator Award
Luncheon to benefit our International Educational Programs
Honoring André Bishop (Erwin Piscator Award 2013) for his outstanding contributions to the American theatre and specifically for his tireless and ongoing efforts to develop new plays and present the work of fledgling American playwrights and young directors,
and Barbara Goldsmith (Erwin Piscator Honorary Award 2013 in memory of Maria Ley Piscator) for her extraordinary legacy as a writer and historian, for her exceptional philanthropic efforts, and in particular for her commitment to human rights and freedom of expression through the founding of the “Barbara Goldsmith / PEN Freedom to Write Awards”.
André Bishop will be introduced by Bartlett Sher, Barbara Goldsmith will be introduced by Prof. Vartan Gregorian.
Admission: $ 325 (tickets are tax-deductible for the full amount less $ 85)
To receive an invitation please contact Michael Lahr
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at 6.30 pm
New York City
Widerstand des Herzens –
der Aufstand der Frauen in der Rosenstraße 1943
Lecture by Michael Lahr and Reading by Gregorij von Leitis from Nathan Stoltzfus’ award-winning book on the protest of the women in the Rosenstrasse in Berlin, which eventually led to the release of their imprisoned Jewish husbands.
(In German language – an event of the Deutsche Verein / The German Club New York)
 
Monday, February 18, 2013, at 12.45 pm
Florida State University at Tallahassee
The Scholar Commons Reading Room, Strozier Library
116 Honors Way
Tallahassee, FL 32301
The Gospel according to Kafka
A Literary Collage
Texts from Franz Kafka’s short stories, letters, diaries, and aphorisms are woven together to a poetic collage, performed by Gregorij H. von Leitis
Concept and introduction by Michael Lahr
Admission: Free
For additional information please contact Sarah Buck Kachaluba sbuckkachaluba@fsu.edu
phone 850-645-2600
 
Monday, February 18, 2013, at 11.00 am
Florida State University at Tallahassee
The Scholar Commons Reading Room, Strozier Library
116 Honors Way
Tallahassee, FL 32301
“My Nietzsche”
Gregorij H. von Leitis reads selected texts from the works of Friedrich Nietzsche with accompanying commentary by Michael Lahr
Nietzsche’s powerful poems, his profound aphorisms, his astute analysis of society, culture and politics continue to provoke thought and discussion.
Admission: Free
For additional information please contact Sarah Buck Kachaluba sbuckkachaluba@fsu.edu
phone 850-645-2600
 
Monday, January 28, 2013, at 7.30 pm
Austrian Cultural Forum
11 East 52nd Street
New York City
Hate is a failure of imagination
Concert and Reading in Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust
Gregorij H. von Leitis reads selected texts by Jura Soyfer, author of the famous “Dachau-Song“, who died of typhoid in 1939 in the concentration camp Buchenwald, and of Ilse Weber, who wrote numerous poems and songs while interned in Theresienstadt and was murdered in 1944 in Auschwitz.
Dan Franklin Smith (piano) plays intermezzi from operas by various Austrian exile composers: Max Brand (Maschinist Hopkins), Ernst Krenek (Jonny spielt auf), Egon Lustgarten (Dante im Exil), Franz Schreker (Die Gezeichneten), Ernst Toch (Das letzte Märchen) and Alexander von Zemlinsky (Kleider machen Leute)
Admission: free; however reservations are required.
For reservations please go to www.acfny.org
The program is presented in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum, The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive, and Elysium – between two continents
 
 

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