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Censorship is the "fighting machine in the realm of the spirit," was how Hans-Joachim Schädlich, as Brothers Grimm poetics professor at the University of Kassel, answered the question of his first lecture on December 17, 1988: "On conditions of writing in the GDR and in the Federal Republic - or: What is censorship?" The fact that truth - even this truth - is concrete, as Schädlich said, was conveyed to the packed lecture hall of the GhK's art department in the equally sober and forceful self-disclosures about the experiences of an "East-West German writer" who moved from the GDR to the Federal Republic in 1977 and now lives in West Berlin.
Censorship in the GDR, as Schädlich made clear with his own example - but not only with this one - is still dictatorial and aims at existence. In this respect, it cannot be compared with that in the Federal Republic. The fact that it is also rampant in this country - and to an increasing extent - was also part of Schädlich's concrete truths.