The German Consulate General Recommends:
Elysium – between two continents and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York present: Defending Democracy - A Meditation on Basic Democratic Values in Times of Political and Economic Insecurity – a Literary Collage with texts by Mahatma Gandhi, Vaclav Havel, Robert F. Kennedy, Tomáš Garrigue Masayrk, Hermynia zur Mühlen, Erich Mühsam, Carl von Ossietzky, Joseph Roth, Hans Sahl, Kurt Tucholsky, and others under the patronage of Kerry Kennedy President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.
Narrator Gregorij von Leïtis is winner of the New York Theatre Club Prize, Founding Artistic Director of Elysium and President of The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive.
Michael Lahr, Program Director of Elysium, will give a short introduction.
Our Western system of an open, democracy-based society and the values holding up such a system are threatened from many sides. Therefore it seems more important than ever to remind ourselves of the great achievement democracy is, and that it is worth fighting for. This literary collage presents texts of authors and thinkers who, in their time, fought against undermining tendencies of dissolution and the erosion of the republic by totalitarian forces. The cry for simple solutions, the longing for a strong man who liberates us from the complex trap of a globalized world, is growing louder.
Location and time:
Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
New York City
Tuesday, March 19 at 7.30 pm
For reservations, please go to: defendingdemocracy