“Remembering cannot undo what happened, but it can reduce the likelihood of recurrence.” (Friedrich Schorlemmer)
The way was paved for terror in Germany on 9 November 1938, which the Nazis infamously referred to as “Reichskristallnacht” (The Night of Broken Glass). With this benefit concert Peter Hauber, the initiator of the concert series of IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War), wants on the one hand to recall the night of the pogroms, but on the other, to call attention to the fact that – 80 years after the night of terror – flight, expulsion and the search for asylum are more relevant than ever.
The Berlin Piano Trio, with violinist Krzysztof Polonek from the Berliner Philharmoniker, cellist Katarzyna Polonek and pianist Nikolaus Resa, will present the musical programme for the concert; texts will be read by the actors Therese Affolter and Gerd Wameling. The readings will include accounts of eyewitnesses such as Erich Kästner, Toni Lessler, Bertold Brecht and Friedrich Reck as well as the story of the Lampedusa refugee Bashir Zakaryau and his vain hope of asylum in modern-day Berlin. Interspersed with the texts, the musicians will play piano trios by Bohuslav Martinů, Dmitri Shostakovich and Antonín Dvořák, along with works for solo cello by the Polish composer Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska and Johann Sebastian Bach. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the “Room of Names” at the Holocaust Memorial.