26.10.2013 20:00

The Rebirth of Radicalisms: Just Language or a Real Danger?

fot. Rafał Grunt/Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

On October 26 join us for a discussion accompanying the play "Utøpia" directed by Andrzej Pakuła: "The Rebirth of Radicalisms: Just Language or a Real Danger?"

The discussion will relate to Andrzej Pakuła’s play "Utøpia", which will perform at the Museum on October 24, 25 and 26. Recent events in Poland and Europe have shown that ultra-radical attitudes and beliefs, often openly appealing to fascist or Nazi ideology, are gaining ground and making an increasingly frequent appearance in the public sphere. The massacre on the Norwegian island of Utøya or acts of violence against ethnic minorities or immigrants indicate a crisis of the model of Europe based on tolerance, openness, cooperation and multiculturalism whose sources should be sought in the expanding field of social fears that these radical worldviews feed on. The creators of the play Utøpia analyze current events, placing them in the context of the traumatic experiences that shaped the 20th century (the Second World War, the Holocaust and the division of Europe, abolished only in 1989) by juxtaposing the figures of Heinrich Himmler, Hannah Arendt and Anders Breivik.

During the discussion we will reflect on whether threats and hate speech are merely a linguistic phenomenon, or whether they have already spawned acts of violence.

Moderated by Jacek Żakowski.

About "Utøpia" play.