Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2006

In Osteuropa 1-2/2006

“Our Governments Were Not Enthusiastic”

Kathinka Dittrich

Deutsche Fassung


Kathinka Dittrich was the first director of the Moscow branch of the Goethe Institute, the official German government cultural centre. With Ekaterina Genieva of the Moscow Library for Foreign-Language Literature, she started a dialog between Germany and Russia on how to deal with unlawfully transferred books and works of art. She recalls tense meetings, cooperative at-mosphere and great hopes, laments the lack of empathy and missed opportunities on the German side, and calls for greater pragmatism.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2006, pp. 311–314)