Through our book reading-cum-discussion, we want to get Responsible Leaders engaged with issues such as flight, migration, and search for identity, all of which are related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Michael Göring, chair of the Zeit-Stiftung, will read from his current novel “Hotel Dellbrück” and discuss the book’s historical background with Horst Möller, the former director of the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History.
Following on “Spiegelberg – Roman einer Generation” (Spiegelberg – Novel of a Generation), Michael Göring in his fourth novel again deals with major themes around the German war and post-war experience. The generational novel tells of the fate of the Jewish children who in the late 1930s were sent to the UK in the so-called Kindertransport. Based on individual stories, Michael Göring traces the big societal transformations, from the Wirtschaftswunder (economic miracle) of the 1950s to the self-emancipation and search for meaning of the ’68 generation to the present-day refugee crisis. He emphasizes how important it is not to miss the right moment to boldly step into the unknown.