In our podcast “Doing Memory für eine plurale Gesellschaft” (Doing Memory for a plural society) we talk to people about their experiences with right-wing violence and about remembering, about pain and disregard and precarious conditions in remembrance work. The podcast is also about protest and courage, art, music and poetry.

The people we talk with are activists, affected people, journalists, artists and researchers. The podcast is hosted by Tanja Thomas and Fabian Virchow.

Each episode highlights an event of right-wing violence, commemorates the victims and those affected, and addresses the specifics of the associated commemorative work.

Overview of the episodes

In the first season there are ten episodes with a range of topics and geographical references. They will be released weekly, starting on 21 March 2022, with an episode every Monday where we discussed the deadly consequences of racism and right-wing violence –

  • on the 21st of March 2022 with Kien Nghi Ha and Trần Thị Thu Trang on the pogrom in Rostock-Lichtenhagen in 1992,
  • on the 28th of March 2022 with Cynthia Zimmermann and Julia Oelkers about the death, the experiences of Delfin Guerra and Raúl Garcia Paret and their families,
  • on the 4th of April 2022 with Orhan Çalışır, Kutlu Yurtseven on the life and death of Şahin Çalışır on December 27, 1992,
  • on the 11th of April 2022 with Diana König and Paul Neupert about the art and the murder of Günter Schwannecke in 1992,
  • on the 18th of April 2022 with Ruben Gerczikow and Marina Schulz on Jewish life and the murder of Blanka Zmigrod on February 23, 1992,
  • on the 25th of April 2022 with Uffa Jensen and the Critical Remembrance Initiative about life and the double murder of Shlomo Lewin and Frida Poeschke on December 19, 1980,
  • on the 2nd of May 2022 with Tamer Düzyol and Taudy Patmanathan on the political commitment, poetry and death of Semra Ertan on May 26, 1982,
  • on the 9th of May 2022 with Youmna Fouad and Katharina Wüstefeld about the courageous and harrowing story of Marwa El-Sherbini,
  • on the 16th of May 2022 with Ismet Tekin and the Initiative Tekiez on the assassination in Halle on October 09, 2019,
  • on the 23rd of May 2022 with Hannah Peacemen, Ali Yildirim, Ibrahim Arslan and Ulrich Chaussy on the murder of Gökhan Gültekin, Sedat Gürbüz, Said Nesar Hashemi, Mercedes Kierpacz, Hamza Kurtović, Vili Viorel Păun, Fatih Saraçoğlu, Ferhat Unvar and Kaloyan Velkov on February 19th 2020 and the perspectives of public remembrance of right-wing violence.


Background information on the production

This podcast was produced as part of Doing Memory, the interdisciplinary research in the field of remembrance culture by Tanja Thomas, Matthias Lorenz and Fabian Virchow. Master’s students from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf played a central role in the production. They produced the event reviews and Shownotes, which are an important part of the “Doing Memory” podcast.