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Readings and discussion about the First World War with Nicole Heesters and Peter Lohmeyer

Press release:  17.5.2016

"TATORT: SCHLACHTFELD. Readings and discussion about the First World War", part of a series of events organised by the Berlin Haus der Kulturen der Welt, will be held at the German National Library in Leipzig, at 11:00 on Sunday 22 May 2016.

The actors Nicole Heesters and Peter Lohmeyer will be reading texts written by Käthe Kollwitz, Erich Maria Remarque, Stefan Zweig, August Stramm, Jaroslav Hašek and others in the years from 1914 to 1918. This will be followed by a discussion between the historian Dr. Gerd Hankel (Hamburg Institute for Social Research) and the Leipzig MP Dr. Thomas Feist about the First World War and current theatres of war. The discussion will be moderated by Hubert Spiegel (FAZ).

The series of events is produced by the "Haus der Kulturen der Welt", Berlin, as part of the "100 Jahre Gegenwart" project, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Dramatic conception: Dr. Sonja Valentin, Hamburg. The cooperation partner for the event in Leipzig is the German National Library.

Readings and discussion about the First World War with Nicole Heesters and Peter Lohmeyer
German National Library in Leipzig, Sunday 22 May 2016, at 11:00
Admission: EUR 5.00. tickets on the door, reservations:


The German National Library collects, documents, archives and makes publicly available all written and sound-recording publications issued in Germany, or in German, since 1913. It provides its range of services at its twin sites in Leipzig and Frankfurt am Main, but also in digital form to a global circle of users. In addition, the German National Library also houses valuable and extensive special collections in the German Exile Archive 1933-1945 and the German Museum of Books and Writing. It showcases its valuable collections and promotes the culture of books, reading and music by regularly staging readings, exhibitions, lectures and concerts. It houses over 30 million media units and attracts roughly 220,000 visitors to its two sites with its collections and rich and varied programme of events.

The Haus der Kulturen der Welt is a venue for international contemporary arts and a forum for modern development and discourse. In its 100 JAHRE GEGENWART (2015-2018) project the Haus der Kulturen der Welt has embarked upon a long-term project which, starting with the First World War, examines the socio-political transition processes which led to the present global power structures.

Nicole Heesters, born in Potsdam, received drama training at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna. Her first theatrical engagements were at the Wiener Volkstheater and the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus. Alongside her theatre work, Nicole Heesters also acts in film, television and radio productions. As Commissar Buchmüller she was the first ever female Tatort detective. Nicole Heesters has been a member of the Freie Akademie der Künste in Hamburg since 1973. In February 2015, Nicole Heesters was awarded the Louise-Dumont-Goldtopas prize.

Peter Lohmeyer, son of a pastor, was raised in the Ruhr area. After graduating from the Westfälische Schauspielschule in Bochum he successfully juggled careers in theatre and film, gradually working his way into the top echelon of German actors. Despite winning multiple awards, his feet remain firmly on the ground and he lives happily in the belief that we spend far too much time trying to avoid mistakes instead of making them!

Dr. Thomas Feist is a member of the Bundestag. One of his primary concerns is vocational education and training. Within the Education and Research Committee he is also responsible for internationalisation topics and is spokesman of the CDU/CSU members in the Subcommittee for Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy. Politically persecuted in the GDR, he was not permitted to attend a "Gymnasium" secondary school or to study, and so he completed an apprenticeship as a heating engineer - a profession in which he then worked for several years. In 2000, after receiving special dispensation, he began to study musicology, theology and sociology before finally receiving a PhD in 2005.

Gerd Hankel, Dr. Jur., Dipl.-Übersetzer (certified translator), studied at the universities of Mainz, Granada and Bremen. From 1984-1988 he worked as an interpreter and also as a teacher at a commercial college. He has been employed since 1993 at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. From 2000 until the end of 2001 Hankel was a part of the "Verbrechen der Wehrmacht. Dimensionen des Vernichtungskriegs 1941–1944" exhibition team. He is the author of numerous publications on international humanitarian and criminal law. He is currently working on an investigation into the way in which Rwanda and the international community handled the genocide in Rwanda in 1994.

Hubert Spiegel was born in Essen and studied German, History and Sociology at Tübingen and Freiburg. He has worked since 1988 for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.). In 1994, he joined the editorial team of the literary section of the newspaper, assuming responsibility for it in 2001. At the end of 2008 he left this position to become an editor in the features section. Spiegel has edited the following works: "Welch ein Leben. Marcel Reich-Ranickis Erinnerungen", "Lieber Lord Chandos. Antworten auf einen Brief", "Mein Lieblingsbuch", "Begegnungen mit Marcel Reich-Ranicki", "Kafkas Sätze" and the e-book "Marcel Reich-Ranicki und die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". In 2005 he was awarded the Alfred-Kerr Prize for literary criticism.

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