Fri, April 28, 1020 7:00 pm
Author Max Czollek’s essay collection Desintegriert Euch transformed the debate about the integration of minorities in Germany when it appeared in 2018. His perspective on the roles of contemporary Jews in German society and its “theater of memory” struck a nerve not just among Jews, but other minority groups as well. “The threat from the right has created a new kind of solidarity,” he recently told the New York Times, speaking about his efforts to forge alliances among various minority groups in Germany. Czollek will help translate this important and timely debate for an American audience.
ABOUT MAX CZOLLEK
Max Czollek lives and works in Berlin. He received his diploma in political science at TU Berlin in 2012, and his doctorate at the Center for Research on Antisemitism at Technische Universität Berlin in 2016. He has been a member of the poetry collective G13, which published books and organized lectures, since 2009. From 2013-2018, he was the curator of the international project Babelsprech.International, a literary series that introduced the contemporary poetry scenes of various countries to each other. Together with Sasha Marianna Salzmann, he initiated Desintegration. Ein Kongress zeitgenössischer jüdischer Positionen (2016) and Radikale Jüdische Kulturtage (2017) at Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, Studio Я. His lyric books Druckkammern (2012), Jubeljahre (2015) and Grenzwerte (2019) were published at Verlagshaus Berlin. 2018 his non-fiction book Desintegriert Euch! was published at Carl Hanser.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The German-born Jewish author Max Czollek addresses anti-Semitism in Germany today. Of particular focus will be Germany’s modern identity, the roles that Jews and immigrants play in its construction, and the repercussions it holds for both minority groups.
This program includes a lecture, moderated discussion, and audience Q&A.
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