Thursday December 06 2012
Susann Witt-Stahl explains a little about her political group, the 'Assoziation Dämmerung'
group to which I belong to, the Assoziation Dämmerung, is based in
Hamburg. The name refers to a collection of aphorisms written by Max
Horkheimer, which were published on the eve of the Third Reich. The
word Dämmerung has a double meaning in German, referring to
dawn on the one hand and dusk on the other. What Horkheimer was
trying to say was that it is up to the working class to rise against
burgeoning fascism or be paralysed and silent for many, many years.
of our key subjects is the Marxist theory of the human-nature
relationship and the perspective of animal liberation. For our group
it is very important to revive internationalism and to practise
international solidarity. One significant activity was the
organisation of an anti-repression conference called New Roads of
Solidarity, which was held in Hamburg in 2010 with speakers from all
over the world, including the US and Israel.
other main practice we engage in is what you might call ideological
critique. In particular we critique the regressive developments on
the German left and we have organised a conference called Well
Adjusted People - taken from a quote from Theodor Adorno - where we
looked at the decline of autonomism in Germany. Also, we are in a big
coalition with other Marxists and communist groups involved in
organising an ongoing series of events called Capitalism in Crisis.
myself come from a union background, and for more than 15 years was
chair of a union committee in a Hamburg theatre - if any of you want
to know how to silence Andrew-Lloyd Webber then you can ask me! I
helped organise a successful musical theatre strike in Germany to
fight for wage contracts. At the moment I work as a freelance
journalist for the biggest socialist daily paper, Neues Deutschland, for the leftwing magazine, Hintergrund, and
also for a union art magazine called Kunst und Kultur. One of
the issues I focus on is the influence of the culture industry,
especially its influence in war propaganda. I belong to a milieu
which thinks that the average leftwinger is underestimating the level
of indoctrination that the culture industry is responsible for.