Sonya Winterberg, an award-winning author from Germany, was the writer-in-residence in the Lithuanian port city of Klaipėda/Memel during the summer of 2022. Her temporary home: the district library in a place rich with German heritage and even a German name: Memel. Together with camera operator Susanne Dzeik, she set out on a tour of the region, discovering traces of the past in the most unlikely places. Here, bordering Russia’s Kaliningrad region, contemporary politics play into the exploration of history: the threat of Putin’s war of aggression is palpable in every encounter.
Much of Sonya Winterberg's journalistic work focuses on children growing up in armed conflicts. War and trauma have lasting consequences on their biographies, which she has written about extensively. Her bestselling book Wir sind die Wolfskinder about the East Prussian war orphans who were left behind the Iron Curtain was translated into Lithuanian (Mes – vilko vaikai. Palikti Rytų Prūsijoje) in 2019, and most recently into English (The Wolf Children of the Eastern Front). She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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The violinist Olga Kondratieva. Still from the movie »German Traces – Lithuanian Encounters«
German Traces – Lithuanian Encounters
(German title: Die Stadtschreiberin – Spurensuche im Memelland)
D 2022, 30 min., OV with English subtitles
Director: Sonya Winterberg, Susanne Dzeik
Camera: Susanne Dzeik
Featuring special guests:
Light refreshments will be served during the event.
Admission is free, booking via Eventbrite is required.
This event is a cooperation of the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the United States of America and to the United Mexican States and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, DC with the German Cultural Forum for Central and Eastern Europe.
The Culture Forum is financed by the Federal Government's Commission for Cultural and Media Affairs.
Sonya Winterberg was the writer-in-residence in Klaipėda/Memel 2022. From May to September 2022, she reported from the Lithuanian port city for five months.
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