East Germany: A West German invention?

An evening with Dirk Oschmann on the state of the debate


Monday | 2/19/2024
7:30 pm Start of Concert
Konzertsaal im Kulturpalast, Dresden
Floor Plan

About the Concert

Is the East a West German invention? The Leipzig literary scholar and author Dirk Oschmann claims exactly that in his book of the same name, triggering a lively debate in the spring of 2023. A debate in which many East Germans feel represented by his theses and many West Germans think that this cannot be seen as such. And vice versa, because the diversity of personal experiences with the reunified Germany is great, and in the meantime there is already a generation that can't or doesn't want to distinguish between East German and West German.
Together with the Dresden Municipal Libraries, we have invited Dirk Oschmann to discuss his book with Frauke Roth, the director of a major cultural institution from the West, and Cornelius Pollmer, a journalist from the East who works for a major West German daily newspaper, and to explore what paths there might be to a more equal future.

Admission is free of charge. Nevertheless, please select seats via the hall plan and complete the purchase (with value 0 €). Tickets will be checked at the entrance, as at other events of our house.

Event of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra in cooperation with the Municipal Libraries


Dirk Oschmann
Frauke Roth
Cornelius Pollmer


Dirk Oschmann


Dirk Oschmann, born in Gotha in 1967, is a professor of modern German literature at the University of Leipzig. His 2022 FAZ article "Wie sich der Westen den Osten erfindet." was widely shared and commented on. In 2023, based on it, he published his book "The East: A West German Invention."

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Frauke Roth

General Manager of the Dresden Philharmonic

Frauke Roth has been general manager of the Dresden Philharmonic since January 2015.

With unusual ideas, a high level of commitment, intensive communication and an infectious passion for music, she has since led the orchestra to a new international reputation and made it a strong and reliable player in Dresden's cultural landscape.

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Cornelius Pollmer


Cornelius Pollmer was born in Dresden in 1984. He studied economics and worked for the youth magazine Spiesser and the Sächsische Zeitung. After training at the German School of Journalism, he went to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, for which he now writes mainly in the feature section.

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