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Confronting the Past Abroad

A Conversation with Ayham Majid Agha, Mohamed Amjahid, Olga Grjasnowa and Josh Kun.

A quarter of the population in Germany today has a migrant background. Many refugees and migrants seek protection from the violence and war atrocities they have experienced in their countries of origin. Their experiences of injustice have so far played only a minor role in the German political discourse. In the western German city of Koblenz, a process against the former head of investigation of the Syrian State Security and another former official is currently underway which could help change this. Thomas Mann Fellow Mohamed Amjahid has reported on the groundbreaking trial for the German weekly DIE ZEIT. Together with the writer Olga Grjasnowa, the Syrian theater maker Ayham Majid Agha and the music scholar, author and curator Josh Kun, he will speak about the violent experiences of migrants in Germany and the US and discuss how these are reflected in contemporary literature, theater and music.

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