Truth is concrete

Opening Introduction by Florian Malzacher

“Truth is concrete” – this was the sentence written in big letters over Bertolt Brecht’s desk in his Danish exile – quoting Lenin quoting Hegel quoting Augustine. In a time of extreme political turbulence it was a constant reminder never to forget the reality around in Europe of the late 1930ies. In another corner of his study stood– as Walter Benjamin writes in his notes – a little wooden donkey with a sign around his neck: “Even I must understand it”. Continue reading