Else Lasker-Schüler-Lyrikpreis – Award Ceremony

Günter Wallraff | Foto © Rottkay
Günter Wallraff | Foto: Rottkay

Friday, 09.02.2018 • Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal

Günter Wallraff honored the touching poems of the young poets with a flaming and, as it were, insightful speech. He also took the opportunity to criticise  the German government and its policy vis-a-vis refugees of war. Germany is not suffering from a »refugee crisis, but from a humanitarian crisis,« Wallraff said, recalling the summer of 2015, when many Germans had welcomed refugees. These helpful and liberal citizens were »still the majority,« but only then a short time later were drowned out by right-wing populist forces critical of foreigners. The author praised the promising talents of the award winners - »Your poetry opens the hearts of the people,« the Westdeutsche Zeitung quoted Wallraff's appeal: »Let us work together for a better future with those who seek refuge with us.« Westdeutsche Zeitung
The Mayor of Wuppertal Andreas Mucke read the poems in German.

»The texts are devastating, amazingly mature lyrical descriptions of fate by 14 to 18-year-old adolescents documenting the story of their escape. These poetic signs of life recall the work of German exiles such as Else Lasker-Schüler.« rbb

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