In 2019, David Guttmann, Holocaust survivor and close personal friend and student of Viktor Frankl, opened the new series Klagenfurter Viktor Frankl Lesung. He read from his book Survived for For Life - Testimonies of a friendship after theHolocaust, the very personal account of his close friendship with Viktor Frankl. His lecture on his autobiography Difficult Homecoming, a story of a life lived with the awareness of Frankl's image of man and the unconditional dignity of all people, could not go ahead because of the Corona pandemic and can hopefully take place in 2021.
Florjan Lipuš was born in 1937 in Lobnig/Lobnik near Eisenkappel/Elezna Kapla as the son of a Carinthian Slovenian family. As a child, he witnessed his mother being arrested by Gestapo men while his father was serving in the German Wehrmacht. After the war, he attended Tanzenberg Gymnasium. He did not complete subsequent studies at the Catholic Seminary and worked as a postal worker, typist, and insurance agent.
After graduating from the Teacher Training Academy in Klagenfurt, he worked from 1960 to 1998 as a primary school teacher in Remšenik and Leppen and as head of the elementary school St. Philippen/Šentlipš.
As editor of the Slovenian-language cultural and literary magazine mladje, from 1960 to 1980, Lipuš provided a strong impetus for modern Slovenian literature in Carinthia. In several of his writings, all of them written in Slovenian, he dealt with the traumatic experiences of his childhood and youth. Among his best-known works are Zmote dijaka Tjaž/Pupil Tjaž, Odstranitev moje vasi/The extermination of my village, Jalov pelin/The rennunciation of melancholy, Srčne pege/Heart stains, Sršeni/Hornets, Boštjanov/Boštjan's flight, Mirne duše/Calm at soul and Gramoz/Gravel.
He has received numerous honours, such as the Literature Prize of the Slovenian Cultural Association in Klagenfurt, the Prize of the Preseren Fund Ljubljana, the Prize for Culture of the State of Carinthia, the Cross of Honour for Science and the Arts of the Republic of Austria, the Preseren Prize in Slovenia, the Graz Literature Prize, the Austrian Prize for Literature, the Petrarca Prize and the Grand Prize of the Austrian Republic.
Nobel laureate Peter Handke speaks of Lipuš' work as "world literature" and the literary journal Gallus Frei-Tomic states: "Florjan Lipuš writes with pointed pencil against forgetting, writes by hand on paper, against the volatile, the approximate, against the superficial." Florian Lipuš himself explains: "I write to save myself."
His novel Boštjan's Flight (Suhrkamp/Island) is the story of a Slovenian childhood and youth indelibly marked by loss. The most important stages of the story, which intertwine spatially and temporally in an incomparable sequence of scenes and combine in Johann Strutz's congenial translation into a harrowing, aesthetically fascinating whole, are: the abduction and deportation of the mother and her death in the concentration camp, while his father served in the German Wehrmacht; Homecoming and second marriage of the father; The world of the dying grandmother, reaching into dimensions of myth and magic; Loneliness and grief of the young Boštjan - and the saving encounter with his first love.
The actor and director Maximilian Achatz is a founding member of klagenfurter ensembles, of the Theater at the Landhauskeller Klagenfurt and of Theater WalTzwerk, that he leads since 2015. In addition to his many film and radio play parts, he also works as a drama teacher and lecturer.
Music by Manjana - Manfred Piessl and Jana Tomaschütz
Manfred Plessl studied composition and violin at the Klagenfurt Conservatory and Chamber Music at the Escuela Superior Reina Sofia Madrid, was a violist with the Acies Quartet for five years, is Ö1 Artist of the Year 2007 and a member of "Die Unvollendeten". He works as an independent composer for television, advertising, theatre and cinema (Bad Luck 2012; Streif - One Hell of a Ride 2014; What Is Love 2014; Life Guidance 2017; Manaslu - Mountain of Souls 2018).
As a performer, Jana Tomaschütz combines her two passions - theatre and music. She completed her training with the Slovenian cellist Milos Mlejnik and is currently a student with Alban Berg Ensemble member and Hugo Wolf Quartet founding member Florian Berner. Together with him and two fellow students, they form the Sternberg Cello Quartet. She works as a musician and actress in the free theatre scene, is an ensemble member of the Antagon Theater, cooperates with director Andreas Prohaska and choreographer Shusaku Takeuchi and participates in numerous festivals.