IN PICTURES: April at the Goethe!

Another month, another busy 4 weeks at the Goethe Atlanta! Things just never seem to slow down here, and that’s just how we like it! Ready to find out the details about April? Read on for more!

Lecture: The Media and the Nuremberg Trials, Nuremberg 1945-46

We started April off with a lecture from Mr. Steffen Radlmaier, a journalist from Atlanta’s sister city, Nuremberg. Steffen talked about the media’s role in the Nuremberg trials, how they were housed together in the Faber-Castell Palace, the conditions there and what they did outside of the courtroom. The International Military Tribunal was a unique global spectacle which attracted writers, authors and journalists from across the world – not all of them were impressed with their accommodation but envoys from East and West would meet up over whiskey and vodka. Steffen also screened a video he’d made about the international press camp.

Billy and the Joels – The American Rock Star and his German Family Story

Next up, Steffen Radlmaier joined forces with Stefan Angele and Werner Kandzora for Billy and the Joels at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The performance talks about the German-Jewish family history of the American rock star Billy Joel and how they fled Nazi Germany and came the Unites States to overcome oppression and poverty. The Joel family spent some time in Cuba on their way to New York where Billy was born – the story talks about their plight and performs songs from Billy Joel’s musical career – some of which were written about his family’s past.

As part of our outreach program, we took the artists to the Weber School and the Atlanta International School where they shared the story and performances with students:

These events were part of a delegation visit from Nuremberg, Atlanta’s sister city. Delegates visited local colleges and held a symposium at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights where they discussed our global social responsibility and how our everyday consumer purchases impact the fair and equitable conditions of workers throughout the world.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival 2017

April also saw one of our favorite events of the year – the Atlanta Dogwood Festival! We love getting out into the community and meeting you, our neighbors and supporters at this festival. As usual, we shared a booth in the international village with the German Consulate General Atlanta and set up camp next to our usual neighbors – the Alliance Française d’Atlanta and the Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta. It was great to be there and to chat to so many people about Germany, what we do and who we are – thanks for stopping by!

A Note on Opera: “Dvořák’s ‘Rusalka’ and Weber’s ‘Der Freischütz’: Opposing views of Nature in German and Czech opera”

The April installment of the ‘A Note on Opera’ series focussed on Czech-German operas, looking specifically at “Dvořák’s ‘Rusalka’ and Weber’s ‘Der Freischütz’: Opposing views of Nature in German and Czech opera.” The lecture focusedon the 2 different opera traditions and how they co-existed together, using 2 supreme examples of the traiditions –  Carl Maria von Weber’s “Der Freischütz” and Antonín Dvořák’s “Rusalka.” Another interesting and informative evening was had by all! This month we’ll have an extra special “A Note on Opera” as we team up with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice.” Enjoy a private 1 hour lecture before sitting down to the Symphony’s perfomance of Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” – tickets are on sale now and include the lecture and a seat in the main orchestra for the performance. Click here for more details.

Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta Book Club

The monthly Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta Book Club met again in April and continued with the theme of “Post Reunification Literature” by reading and discussing “Women and Clothes” by Brigitte Kronauer, winner of the Georg Büchner Prize. This month’s discussion was in German and was once again lively and interesting. In May, the group will discuss “Why We Took The Car” by Wolfgang Herrndorf in German. If you’re interested in joining the book club, contact Mrs. Liesl Kii at

Czech That Film: Czech Film Festival

We rounded off the month by hosting Czech That Film, a Czech Film Festival making it’s way around 16 cities across the United States. We hosted the guys for 3 nights as they screened 3 different films: The Devil’s Mistress, Tiger Theory and The Teacher all of which had great audiences and were thoroughly enjoyed!


And that friends was the month of April at the Goethe! Did you make it to any of the events? We hope to see you at the Goethe in May especially at our Europe day celebrations this weekend! Click here for more info!


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