2016 German–Israeli Literature Festival
in Germany

Deutsch-Israelische Literaturtage Foto: dpa

Three Days, Three Locations, Eighteen Voices:
From November 2 to November 6, 2016, writers from Israel and Germany will be gathering in Berlin. Here, under the festival motto Im Neuland – “In the New Land / Unchartered Territory” – they will read from their works and discuss the topic of refugees and integration.

The event includes the following authors: Roy Arad, Nir Baram, Shida Bazyar, Yonatan Berg, Marica Bodrožić, Nora Bossong, Anat Einhar, Liat Elkayam, Sherko Fatah, Norbert Gstrein, Pierre Jarawan, Leora Kamenetzky, Daniel Kehlmann, Etgar Keret, Germaw Mengistu, Dorit Rabinyan, Yishai Sarid und Thomas von Steinaecker.

Moderation: Shelly Kupferberg (rbb), Sigrid Brinkmann (Deutschlandradio Kultur), Knut Elstermann (radioeins), Heike Friesel (Goethe Institute), Ralf Fücks (Heinrich Böll Foundation), Carsten Hueck (Deutschlandradio Kultur).



All readings are in German and Hebrew with simultaneous interpreting. The TV series will be shown in Hebrew with English subtitles.

Project team
Curator: Frank Domhan
Project directors: Heike Friesel (Goethe Institute) & Christian Römer (Heinrich Böll Foundation)
Project manager: Karin Lenski (Heinrich Böll Foundation)
Assistant project director: Dr. Anne-Bitt Gerecke (Goethe Institute)
Assistant project manager: Marion Meyer

Press contact
Stefanie Leimsner, stefanie@leimsner.de, phone +49 179 900 61 62

The event is organized and sponsored by the Goethe Institute and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, in collaboration with the Deutsches Theater and the Volksbühne at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Deutsches Theater / Kammerspiele


Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, president of the Goethe-Institut
Ralf Fücks, president of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Open book
 With his new book The Seven Good Years, Etgar Keret has broken new ground. This, his first work of non-fiction, has appeared in many countries, including Iran – but not in Israel. For Keret, literature is a plane ticket that allows encounters transcending borders. Together with Daniel Kehlmann, he not only looks at the last seven years but also at our present.
Etgar Keret (Israel) – Daniel Kehlmann (Germany)
Moderation: Shelly Kupferberg – rbb

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Roter Salon / Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Foreign homeland

What does it mean to have to leave one’s home and start a new and different life in a foreign place? How is it living between two worlds?
Germaw Mengistu (Israel) – Pierre Jarawan (Germany)
Moderation: Shelly Kupferberg – rbb

Followed by a discussion with the authors of the German–Israeli Literature Festival.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

11:00 a.m., reading and discussion
The last place
We are used to traveling freely with our passports and being well-treated as paying tourists. But what if you become an unwanted guest?
Liat Elkayam (Israel) – Sherko Fatah (Germany)
Moderation: Carsten Hueck - Deutschlandradio Kultur

12:30 p.m., reading and discussion
Economic refugees
The economy is present in every area of our lives. These days we manage not only our careers but our private lives as well. How can one escape from the dictate of the economy?
Yishai Sarid (Israel) – Nora Bossong (Germany)
Moderation: Shelly Kupferberg – rbb

12:30 p.m., reading and discussion
Global players
If you want to be successful, you have to be flexible. Even if you think your intentions are honorable – what margin of maneuver do you really have if you want to move with the global players?
Nir Baram (Israel) – Thomas von Steinaecker (Germany)
Moderation: Sigrid Brinkmann – Deutschlandradio Kultur

2:30 p.m., reading and discussion
The new ones
The daily media is filled with news about refugees, but we seldom encounter them in our daily lives. What factors determine how we view these newcomers? And what does this tell us about ourselves?
Anat Einhar (Israel) – Shida Bazyar (Germany)
Moderation: Knut Elstermann – radio eins

2:30 p.m., reading and discussion
Songs on the run
“Writing poetry is like mining uranium: A year’s work yields a gram,” Vladimir Mayakovsky once wrote. This event presents things long in the making, the fruit of hard work and plenty of polishing – a good yield guaranteed!
Yonatan Berg (Israel) – Roy Arad (Israel) – Marica Bodrožić (Germany) – Pierre Jarawan (Germany)
Moderation: Carsten Hueck - Deutschlandradio Kultur

3:30 p.m., reading and discussion
In times of terror different rules apply. Laws are suspended or tightened in order to protect security and the belief in it. To what extent are we prepared to give up our freedoms? How much restriction are we willing to accept?
Yishai Sarid (Israel) – Norbert Gstrein (Austria)
Moderation: Sigrid Brinkmann – Deutschlandradio Kultur

3:30 p.m., reading and discussion
Captive mind
How can we live a free life when our own thinking isn’t free? How and where can we find the freedom that suits our way of life?
Dorit Rabinyan (Israel) – Marica Bodrožić (Germany)
Moderation: Shelly Kupferberg – rbb

16:30 p.m., reading and discussion
In the land of despair
Nir Baram traveled for more than two years in the occupied territories of the West Bank, talking to refugees, settlers, Jews, Palestinians, politicians, and activists. In his reportages he counters clichés about the reasons for the conflict and possible solutions.
Nir Baram (Israel) in conversation with Ralf Fücks – Heinrich Böll Foundation

16:30 p.m., reading and discussion
Expulsion from paradise
Democratic societies are often wealthy societies. Yet democracy and affluence are coming apart in many places. Are we willing to defend our values in difficult times as well?
Roy Arad (Israel) – Thomas von Steinaecker (Germany)
Moderation: Knut Elstermann – radio eins

6:00 p.m., reading and discussion
Politically charged
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is fraught with wide-ranging interests, causing highly diverse realities to collide. Essentially it depends on which side of the conflict you’re on. What creates and what breaks identities here and there?
Yonatan Berg (Israel) – Norbert Gstrein (Austria)
Moderation: Shelly Kupferberg – rbb

12:30 – 4:30 p.m., film screening
TV series Fauda (5 episdoes á 45 minutes)
Doron is the commander of an elite unit hunting down terrorists. Success depends not only on knowing the enemy but loving him. It is this that the successful, cliché-busting television experiment FAUDA – Arabic for “chaos” – endeavors to show. Palestinian fighters are portrayed here as human beings with families, cares, and hopes. Five episodes of the Israeli political thriller will be shown at the festival.

4:30 p.m. film discussion
Conversation with screenwriter Leora Kamenetzky (Israel)
Moderation: Heike Friesel – Goethe Institut

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin
Admission – full price: 10 euros / discount: 6 euros / social ticket (with validation): 3 euros
Advance booking: buy online at all ticketing locations or at the door.