Events | Rocks into Hitler’s Window

Berlin | May 10, 2016 | 8:00 PM

Thomas Mann’s Radio Dispatches to the Germans

Thomas Mann’s 58 radio dispatches, which were aired by the BBC between 1940 and 1945 with its signal reaching as far as Germany, are a political response to the crimes of the Nazis. They are proof of the author’s determination, to protest –from his American exile- against the actions of the NS regime in Germany, triggering ongoing and often hostile discussions.

On May 25th, 1943, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Book Burning , he made an especially haunting appeal to the German "listener".

It is strange, that among all the infamous deeds of National Socialism, linked up in a bloody chain, this idiotic commemoration, resonates the most, world-wide, and will live on the longest in people’s memory. The Hitler regime is the regime of the Book Burning and will remain exactly that. - Thomas Mann

Gustav Peter Wöhler, actor and singer. He will read texts, related to  the Book Burning and Thomas Mann..

Dr. Sonja Valentin, author and dramaturge. On the basis of their book “Rocks into Hitler’s Window”  (Steine in Hitlers Fenster)  she will analyze Mann’s dispatches in the context of his oeuvre and  life in exile.


Literaturhaus Berlin

Fasanenstraße 23, 10719 Berlin


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