Since May 8th, 1945, this country has been pacified. The absence of war does not necessarily mean, however, that the peaceful coexistence of all people living here was and is possible. Racism, anti-Semitism, right-wing violence and radical right-wing structures did not suddenly disappear in 1945, but rather have continued to shape our reality ever since. The unification process after 1990, in particular, led to a massive wave of violence and racism not seen in this country since 1945 and excluded all those who were not considered to be, or did not want to be considered, part of the national community.
The Offener Prozess (Open Trial) exhibition, also planned at the Gorki as part of the 5. Berliner Herbstsalon in the autumn, is dedicated to the NSU complex and thus to a central chapter of right-wing violence and racism after 1990.
This year we use the 8th of May as an opportunity to discuss continuities of right-wing and racist violence and the resistance against it, with Sasha Marianna Salzmann as moderator and İdil Baydar, Isidora Randjelović and Katharina Warda from the advisory board for Kein Schlussstrich! (No Clean Break!), the nationwide theatre project on the NSU complex accompanying the exhibition.