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Michael Lahr with his latest book
"Erwin Piscator's Legacy Lives On."
(photo: Mathias Behrens)

New Publication:
„Erwin Piscator’s Legacy Lives On. Conversations about Theater, Music and Politics“
A Book for all Theater Lovers and Music Enthusiasts

Bertolt Brecht once said: „Piscator is the greatest theater man of all time. He will leave a legacy that we should use.“

What is Piscator’s legacy?
What significance do political and social issues have on stage today?
How can the relationship between arts and politics be determined?

Michael Lahr explores these and similar questions in his book. His interview partners are 15 illustrious artists, all of whom have received the Erwin Piscator Award, and Gregorij H. von Leitis, founder of the Erwin Piscator Award.
Together, the answers of the various artists, form a unique document of contemporary history.
Order your own personal copy here

Welcome to The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive

The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive was established to familiarize the young generation with the treasures of exiled art, in order to help them create a meaningful future that incorporates the lessons learned from history. Its goal is to use learning and the transfer of knowledge as powerful tools to fight against ignorance, discrimination, and hatred. ( more)
The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive was founded by Gregorij H. von Leitis and Michael Lahr in 1995. It wants to offer an environment where everyone can develop their creative potential, experience and celebrate human diversity. To this end we regularly offer lectures, workshops, seminars, and master classes. ( more)

Impression of an event

The following video offers a glimpse into the work of the Academy. It features Gregorij H. von Leitis at a reading of “The Gospel According to Kafka” on May 12, 2012 at the Crystal Glass Manufactory Theresienthal.
Please start the video, then get a brief English translation
Video: Gregorij H. von Leitis May 12, 2012, reading ”The Gospel According to Kafka” at the Crystal Glass Manufactory Theresienthal. “Should I be thankful, that I could not marry…?”     00:27 min
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On the following pages you can read more about the Mission and the Founders.


September 23, 2020
at 7.30 pm
Nourishing the Soul
September 17, 2020
at 7.30 pm
Erwin Piscator’s Legacy Lives On
September 10, 2020
at 7.00 pm
Nourishing the Soul
September 1, 2020
at 7.00 pm
Hate is a Failure of Imagination
further dates
Erwin Piscator's legacy lives on
by Michael Lahr
Book Erwin Piscator's legacy lives on
The Bridge Journal - Newsletter of Elysium - between two continents /
The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive. No. 6 - 2018
Magazin The Bridge Journal
Download here as PDF
June 6,2014
Süddeutsche Zeitung
Das Vermächtnis der Emigranten

Hate is a Failure of Imagination | Heinrich Heine: Tell me what does it mean to be human? | Peace to the Shacks! War on the Palaces! | Defending Democracy | After us the Deluge? | Cry for Life: Passionate Exiled Voices | We are the last, question us, we are relevant | The Gospel According to Kafka | My Nietzsche | Stefan Zweig and the “World of Yesterday” | Resistance of the Heart | Our Death must be a Beacon | Cornet
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