Dan Istrate, a Romanian actor who immigrated to the United States after the Romanian Revolution, is based in Washington, DC connects to the Kulturbund issues.
Since the Holocaust, we have heard “Never Again”. People are suffering and are restricted because of their religion, ethnicity, age. Or because of the art and music they create and perform. Unfortunately, around the world we know that oppression, tyranny, and dictatorships continue, often following the same methods as those from the Third Reich. Like the Kulturbund of Nazis Germany, artists in many countries face similar fates, unable to express their art and living in restricted realities. And like the Kulturbund, some are able to respond to the oppression and impact the cultural landscape. We will explore the world and share stories of artists from places like Belarus, Russia, Iran, Afghanistan, Korea, and several countries in Africa and Asia to see how they responded to oppression, continue their art, and relate to the story of the Kulturbund.
Each country below contains at least one participating current-day artist who shared a story and interview with the project. We will continue to add to the list as more artists share their stories with us.