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LBI London | Reading Performance | Who was Fritz Kittel?

6. Februar @ 18:00 GMT

Who was Fritz Kittel? A German Railway Worker Decides, 1933–2022

Tuesday 6th February 2024 at 6.00pm (UK Time)

Room G3, Senate House, University of London

Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU or ONLINE

This event is organized by the Leo Baeck Institute London in collaboration with the Goethe Institute London.

In 2023, Esther Dischereit created an exhibition in cooperation with Deutsche Bahn to honour railway worker Fritz Kittel. In 1944 and 1945, he hid her mother Hella and sister Hannelore, who as Jews were persecuted by the Gestapo and threatened with death in Germany under National Socialism. They were liberated by U.S. troops in 1945. Dischereit began to search for the family of the rescuer and found them in 2019. Fritz Kittel had not told his own family about his courageous act throughout his life. Esther Dischereit’s literary response in 17 text pieces includes other found objects from the lives of her mother, sister, and Fritz Kittel, and they offer a dialogue with those who are now the daughters and sons or grandchildren. False information given at a registration office, illegal names and addresses … What do we read when we read these documents? What do we see when we look at these photos?

Esther Dischereit lives in Berlin, writes prose, poems, essays, and radio works. Her recent publications include: Hab keine Angst! Erzähl alles. Das Attentat von Halle und die Stimmen der Überlebenden (Ed., 2020). Sometimes a Single Leaf (2020), Flowers for Otello: On the Crimes that Came out of Jena (2022) – both translated by Iain Galbraith. ‘Wer war Fritz Kittel?’, Exhibition 2023: Berlin / Frankfurt am Main / Chemnitz / Nuremberg.

For those who are unable to attend in person, this lecture will be streamed online simultaneously via Zoom. Streaming will also start punctually at 6.00pm (UK time) on February 6th. 



6. Februar
18:00 GMT




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