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Projects of The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive
 
Over the past few years, Gregorij H. von Leitis and Michael Lahr have conceived of numerous literary collages, montages and readings. These programs have been presented at various occasions, e.g. at the Elysium Festival Bernried. The programs listed below are ready to travel. If you are interested in presenting any of them, please contact Michael Lahr.
 
Viktor Ullmann
Foto: Alice Herz-Sommer, Foto: Michael Teutsch
Hate is a Failure of Imagination
Remembering the artists from Theresienstadt who were murdered 70 years ago in Auschwitz
A Literary Collage
under the patronage of Dr. Helmut Kohl, Former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Prof. Felix Kolmer (Prague), Foundation for Holocaust Victims
Concept & Introductory Lecture: Michael Lahr
Recitation: Gregorij H. von Leïtis
Premiered at the Austrian Cultural Forum, Berlin (May 22, 2014)
Hate is a Failure of Imagination
 
Viktor Ullmann
Photo: Viktor Ullmann around 1924, Archive of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute Los Angeles 
Cornet: Viktor Ullmann’s Legacy from Theresienstadt
in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Ullmann’s murder in Auschwitz
The Lay of Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke for recitation and piano
and the Piano Sonata No. 6 by Viktor Ullmann
Introductory Lecture on Music from Theresienstadt: Michael Lahr
Recitation: Gregorij H. von Leitis
Piano: Dan Franklin Smith
Premiered at the Goethe Institute New York / USA
Cornet
 
Illustration: Heinrich Heine
Heinrich Heine: Tell me what does it mean to be human?
A literary journey through life
Narrator: Gregorij H. von Leitis
Concept and Introduction: Michael Lahr
Premiered at the Elysium Festival Bernried on May 26, 2012
Heinrich Heine: Tell me what does it mean to be human?
 
Illustration: Georg Büchner
Peace to the Shacks! War on the Palaces!
Social Criticism in Germany prior to the Revolution of 1848
Reading of selected works by Georg Büchner
on the occasion of his 200th birthday
and Christian Dietrich Grabbe
with Christa Pillmann
Introduction: Michael Lahr
Premiered at the Elysium Festival Bernried (June 1, 2012)
Peace to the Shacks! War on the Palaces!
 
Illustration "Defending Democracy" by Pepe Vives
Defending Democracy
A Meditation on Basic Democratic Values
in Times of Political and Economic Insecurity
under the patronage of Kerry Kennedy,
President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
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.
Defending Democracy
 
Illustration "Clean Up Your Mess! Love Mother"
Illustration "Clean Up Your Mess! Love Mother"
After Us the Deluge?
A Montage
under the patronage of Meera T. Gandhi
CEO and Founder
The Giving Back Foundation
After Us the Deluge
 
Joseph Roth
Photo: Joseph Roth, © Leo Baeck Institute NYC
Cry for Life: Passionate Exiled Voices
A literary collage
Cry for Life
 
Hans Sahl
Hans Sahl, illustration by Leo Glückselig
“We are the Last, question us, we are relevant”
Gregorij H. von Leitis reads from the vast oeuvre of the exiled writer Hans Sahl
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.
We are the Last
 
Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka, illustration by Andy Warhol courtesy of Hotel Jalta Prag
The Gospel According to Kafka
A literary Collage
The Gospel According to Kafka
 
Freidrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche, illustration by Rune Mields
My Nietzsche
Gregorij H. von Leitis reads selections
from Friedrich Nietzsche’s writings
Introductory Lecture by Michael Lahr
My Nietzsche
 
Stefan Zweig
Photo: Stefan Zweig
Stefan Zweig and “The World of Yesterday”
A reading
of selected texts by Stefan Zweig
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of Zweig’s death
Stefan Zweig and the world of Yesterday
 
Rosenstrasse Berlin, 2012
Photo: Rosenstrasse Berlin, 2012
Resistance of the Heart
Intermarriage and the Rosenstrasse Protest in Nazi Germany in 1943
Gregorij H. von Leitis reads from the award-winning book by Nathan Stoltzfus
Resistance of the Heart
 
Libertas Schulze-Boysen
Photo: Libertas Schulze-Boysen
“Our Death must be a Beacon”
Poems and Letters by Libertas Schulze-Boysen
Under the patronage of Christoph Haas-Heye
Narrator: Gregorij H. von Leitis
Libertas Schulze-Boysen
 
 

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