1 /
25.04.24 Discussion

'Seven steps to fame' – Berlin premiere of the radio reportage with a discussion

Berlin premiere of the radio reportage followed by a discussion in which Anna Dudzińska, Dr Albrecht Dümling and Zbigniew Rokita will take part.

25.04, 18.30-20:00 | Pariser Platz 4A, 10117 Berlin | Register here:

The report ‘Seven Steps to Fame’ is the story of two Silesians: Michael Jary (born Maximilian Jarczyk), a star of 20th century German film and pop music, and Michal Jędryka. Both were born at almost the same time and lived in Siemianowice Śląskie in Upper Silesia, just a few streets away from each other. They both loved music and dreamed of giving concerts and composing. Yet their lives took a completely different course.

The event centres on the complex history and present of Upper Silesia – overlapping identities, conflicting memories, a difficult heritage, ambiguous decisions and changing nationalities, which were taken as the starting point for Anna Dudzińska’s audio documentary. The reportage was created thanks to a grant from the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship (Stypendium marszałka Województwa Śląskiego).

Anna Dudzińska, the author of the reportage, will discuss this with Dr Albrecht Dümling and Zbigniew Rokita.

The event is part of the lecture and discussion series In-Between. Borders / People / Identities and is part of the Exercising Modernity project.

Anna Dudzińska – reporter, journalist at Radio 357 for several years, recently at Radio Three (Third Programme of Polish Radio), also collaborates with the podcast Raport o Stanie Świata (Report on the State of the World). She has won numerous reporting awards, including the Prix Italia (together with Anna Sekudewicz), the R. Kapuściński Award, the Grand Press, the Radio Melchior Award and the Podcast of the Year competition. She is the author of travel guides for children in Upper Silesia and the book “Dubai. City of Other People” – a reporter’s story about the United Arab Emirates, where she worked for four years as a correspondent for Polish Radio.

Zbigniew Rokita – reporter, editor, specialising in Eastern Europe and Upper Silesia. Author of the reportage books Odrzania. Podróż po Ziemiach Odzyskanych (2023) (Odrzania. Journey through Recovered Territories), Kajś. Opowieść o Górnym Śląsku (2020) (Kajś. A Tale of Upper Silesia) – honoured with a double Nike Literature Prize: Jury and Reader; 2020, and Królowie strzelców. Piłka w cieniu imperium from 2018, (Kings of Sports Shooters. Football in the Shadow of Empire). Author of the plays Nikaj (Zagłębie Theatre) and Weltmajstry (Korez Theatre). Writes regularly for the Tygodnik Powszechny newspaper. He comes from Gliwice and lives in Katowice.

Dr Albrecht Dümling – musicologist and music critic. In 1978 he completed his doctorate on Arnold Schönberg’s song cycle op. 15. He edits the series “Verdrängte Musik” (Repressed Music) and has published books on Arnold Schönberg, Bertolt Brecht and the exile of musicians in Australia, among others. He has worked as a freelancer for various print and radio media in Germany and abroad, including the Tagesspiegel, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Neue Musikzeitung. He was in charge of the exhibition “Entartete Musik. An annotated reconstruction (Düsseldorf 1938/1988)”. In 1994 he founded the International Hanns Eisler Society and since 1990 he has been chairman of “musica reanimata”, an organisation for the promotion of composers persecuted by the Nazis.

In 2000-04 he carried out a project on German-speaking musicians in exile in Australia at the Centre for Research on Anti-Semitism at the TU Berlin and at the National Library of Australia in Canberra. In 2007 he received the first KAIROS European Culture Prize.

Event will be held in Polish and German with simultaneous translation.

Autor of the graphic: Paweł Jaskólski

back to program