German-Israeli Literature Festival 2019
Berlin // September 4th & 8th 2019

Louder, ever louder? Deutsch-Israelische Literaturtage 2019 © Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

German-Israeli Literature Festival 2019

with: Sami Berdugo, Franzobel, Mati Shemoelof, Tijan Sila, Maayan Ben Hagai, Dilek Güngör, Dov Alfon, Friedrich Ani 

With the rise of populism much in our society has begun to unravel - not only in the USA, Brazil and Italy, where populists already are calling the shots. Even here in Germany and Israel their voices are getting louder and louder. We are living in turbulent times and more than ever our societies seem to be divided, while simultaneously growing increasingly paralyzed. How much more fear and frustration do we want to let them talk us into? How stable are we and how immune are our democracies?

Eight authors will discuss these questions and more during the German-Israeli Literature Festival 2019 entitled: "Louder, ever louder?“ which will take place on September  4th & 8th 2019 in Berlin

PROGRAM on Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Wednesday, 4 September 2019 – 8:00 pm
Deutsches Theater, Kammerspiele, Schumannstraße 13a, 10117 Berlin

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut
Dr. Ellen Ueberschär, Chair of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Reading and Discussion

Get together

Divided - this is the overused and inflated term we have been using as a way to describe today’s societies. But have we ever been united at all? What worlds do we live in, and what connects us?

Sami Berdugo - Franzobel

Moderated by: Shelly Kupferberg

Program on Sunday, 8 September 2019

Sunday, 8 September 2019 – All day (admission from 11 am)
Heinrich Böll Foundation

During the breaks there will be an Israeli buffet

12:00 pm - Reading and Discussion

Europe and No Country in Sight

In 2012, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its commitment to peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. As the populists grow stronger, however, it becomes clear that our constitution, which is based on the principles of democracy and liberty, is standing on extremely shaky foundations. Mati Shemoelof and Tijan Sila paint a gloomy picture of what the future of Europe could look like.

Mati Shemoelof - Tijan Sila

1:30 pm - Reading and Discussion

Three, Two, One…None

Who owns what? And who even belongs at all? These questions have returned with a vengeance given the rise of nationalism. But have we ever overcome nationalism?

Maayan Ben Hagai - Dilek Güngör
3:30 pm – Reading and Discussion

Faking Facts

When is a fact a fact? What is reality and what is fiction? In our information society we seem to be losing the big picture more and more. Crime story novelists Dov Alfon and Friedrich Ani take a look at crimes and unpleasant truths.

Dov Alfon - Friedrich Ani


All readings will take place in German and Hebrew with simultaneous translation.

Project team
Heike Friesel / Claudia Amthor-Croft (Project Directors, Goethe-Institut), Christian Römer (Project Director, Heinrich Böll Foundation), Frank Domhan (Curator), Karin Lenski (Project Coordinator, Heinrich Böll Foundation), Dr. Anne-Bitt Gerecke (Assistant to Project Directors, Goethe-Institut), Carola Söllner (Project Organization)
In collaboration with the Deutsches Theater

Press Contact
Tatjana Kirchner
Tel.: 030-84 71 18 12