Ralph Giordano is dead: A highly sensitive Democrat
The persecution in Nazi Germany and the repression of Stalinism have shaped him: Ralph Giordano was pugnacious journalist and successful novelist. Most recently, he came forward with staunch criticism of Islam.
‘ The source of my work is outrage,’ said Ralph Giordano summed up his life on the occasion of his 90th birthday in the spring of 2013. Coupled was this outrage with the personal experiences of the Hamburg born on 20 March 1923, which the totalitarian systems of the had achieved and survived the 20th century firsthand
An experience was eleven years old he could never forget, as Giordano:.’ It was in the summer holidays 1934th I felt our gang necessarily belong. When I reached the street, I realized that something was different than yesterday. My best friend called to me: With you we do not play anymore. You are a Jew.’ Six years later, Giordano was directed by the renowned Hamburg High School Johanneum due to the Nuremberg race laws.
How have survived the persecution in a basement in Alsterdorf he and his family, Giordano has described in his 1982 published novel’ The Bertinis’ literary virtuosity. Heinrich Böll -reviewed it this way:’ This book was necessary, it was missing, it provides review of the unspeakable consequences of racial madness, it comes in a moment when words such as’ pure blood’ or even’ German blood begin’ to haunt again and fear spread…’
As Giordano with his life novel’ The Bertinis’ literary excelled, he had a reputation as a highly valued long television journalist. Especially for the WDR he produced since the early sixties TV features about political and social issues, such as the tragedy of the Armenian people or the’ rebel of the Cross’ Camillo Torres, as well as the 1968 film’ Hunger – challenge to the death’, for in 1969 he was awarded the Grimme Prize.
‘ Up in the armed self-defense in’
As a literary publicist Giordano began his second career. The success of the’ Bertinis’ he sends his pamphlet’ The Second guilt or the load to be German’ afterwards. A book that made months for heated discussions, Giordano complained but the hypocrisy and incompleteness German past Bewältigungen.
Giordano, who learned his journalistic training immediately after the war, the German Literature Institute in Leipzig and first reviews for the’ General Jewish Week newspaper had written was, occurred in 1946 in the KPD and until his discharge in 1957 by the wisdom Josef Stalin was convinced.’ The party is always right’ is the publication in which he published his settlement with Stalinism.
The highly sensitive Democrat responded significantly – 1992 as an open letter to Chancellor Helmut Kohl – in a rather extreme events such as the arson attacks in Hoyerswerda and Mölln:’ Up in the armed self-defense in’ he was ready to act against law.
In recent years, Giordano was one of the most outspoken critics of Islam. He engaged against the construction of the great mosque in Cologne Ehrenfeld and therefore fell out with many friends. He called for !’ Islam is indebted to us to prove whether it is compatible with democracy’
For his 90th birthday Giordano came back to his hometown Hamburg -‘ palpitations’. Because it was the city in which he lived, but also the one in which he suffered persecution
NDR Culture sends on Wednesday evening. 19: 30 – 20:00 clock a conversation with Ralph Giordano, which was recorded shortly before his 90th birthday in March 2013.
From the SPIEGEL 12/2007 DPA ‘ Memories of a Davongekommenen’ reviews the memoirs of Ralph Giordano