Deutsches Haus at NYU will offer an array of cultural events in late September.
Director Cornelius Schwalm will screen his biting dark comedy “Hotel Auschwitz” (September 23); Marianne Birthler, former Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Archives, will deliver a lecture about the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (September 27); and the month culminates with a celebration of composer Clara Schumann for her 200th birthday (September 30).
Monday, September 23, 6:00 p.m.
“Hotel Auschwitz”: Film Screening and Conversation
A biting comedy about careerism, desire and how the political past affects people’s personal present, the 2018 dark comedy “Hotel Auschwitz” follows a theater troupe’s journey to one of the world’s largest former concentration camps. Following the screening a conversation featuring director Cornelius Schwalm, co-producer Katharina Bellena, actor Patrick von Blume, and Christian Martin, the current Max Weber Chair in German and European Studies at NYU, will take place. The film will be in German, Polish, and Romanian with English subtitles. The evening is co-presented by NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and Deutsches Haus at NYU, and sponsored by DAAD.
Friday, September 27, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
30 Years On: Achievements & Challenges Since the Peaceful Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin Wall
The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, marked an indelible moment in history. But it wasn’t the fall that liberated the people, it took those living in the GDR to break the power of the Socialist Unity Party through a peaceful revolution. Marianne Birthler, former Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Archives, will deliver a lecture about that movement, which will be followed by a conversation with David Gill, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York. The event is co-presented by Deutsches Haus the General Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York.
Monday, September 30, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Honoring Clara Schumann — A Bicentennial Celebration
Clara and Robert Schumann's relationship is one of the greatest romances in the world of classical music. Their respect for and support of one another can be felt throughout their compositions, and also served as a major influence on their fellow composers, including Johannes Brahms (who became Clara's life-long friend and artistic collaborator) and Felix Mendelssohn. Deutsches Haus at NYU and the University Alliance Ruhr celebrate Clara Schumann’s 200th birthday with a program featuring selections of her work as well as those of her husband, Brahms, and Mendelssohn. Soprano Rebecca Grady Rucker and pianist Brent Funderburk will perform.
All events are held at Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews (between University Place and Fifth Avenue), and are free, open to the public and in English, unless otherwise noted. Seating for free events is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.998.8750 or visit Deutsches Haus’ website. [Subways: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).]
About Deutsches Haus:
Deutsches Haus at NYU is New York’s leading institution for the culture and language of the German-speaking world. Located in historic Greenwich Village, Deutsches Haus is an integral part of New York University. Since 1977, it has provided New Yorkers with a unique forum for cultural, intellectual and artistic exchange with Germany, Austria and Switzerland through its three pillars—the language program, the cultural program, and the children's program.