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Slavenka Drakulic, “I was proclaimed a traitor”

  There was a time in her native Croatia when her books were not being published. Neither were her outspoken articles, which instead appeared in the rest of the European press; during the war, but even for many years after its conclusion. Slavenka Drakulic, one of the best known Croatian journalists, essayist and authors, was…

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Coco Schumann, “I only ever wanted to play jazz”

  Imagine a Jewish teenager playing swing music in Berlin, in 1941. That boy is Coco Schumann, born not very far from Alexanderplatz in 1924. What he would go through in the years to come has been well documented, in a book, a theatre piece that keeps touring Germany and countless newspaper stories. Yet it…

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Mechthild Gassner, “Here is a story I wish to tell“

“I am very intrigued by the motivations behind people’s actions, the reasons for people’s behaviour. I wish to take a step back, away from the obvious reality and search for what truly drives us. That’s what moves me – to get a little closer to what is true”, says documentary maker Mechthild Gassner, who divides…