VOKIETUKAI. (Director Sonya Schönberger) Premiere

  • Performance

    VOKIETUKAI. (Director Sonya Schönberger)

  • Director


  • Duration

    45 min (one act)

  • Stage

    Vilnius Vingis parkas (entrance from M. K. Čiurlionio st.)

  • Premiere date

    2 September, 2017

  • N-18, show takes place in Vingis park and happens in any weather


From 1944 onward, thousands of German children got separated from their parents in East Prussia - most of them forever. Their parents had been killed during bombing raids or harsh winters without any food or shelter. Against hunger, the cold and the Soviet despotism, they are fighting for their lives, sometimes in groups or with their siblings, sometimes just on their own. Some of them ended up in Lithuania where they were taken in by Lithuanian peasant and lost track of their own identity. Those who assisted the German children to survive had to hide their efforts from the Soviet authorities in Lithuania. Therefore many German children`s names were changed and it was forbidden for them to reveal where they were from. Some of the so called "wolves children" even forgot their German descent. The story continued to be tragic even after the end of the Cold War in 1991, as they didn`t get recognized as German citizens. The story of each individual "Vokietukai (Little German)" is another dark spot in the German past and tragically connects the countries of Lithuania and Germany.

While in Vilnius, the director Sonya Schönberger will be staging a play with six actors, of whom each will work on one monologue of “Vokietukai”. Each actor will be creating a unique experience for one spectator only, as they both go on walk through Vilnius Vingio Park. The monologues were written based on the biographies, collected by Sonya Winterberg, who made an extensive research in Lithuania and published it in the book „Wir sind die Wolfskinder. Verlassen in Ostpreußen.”

The tours take place in Vilnius Vingis Park (entrance through M. K. Ciurlionis Street). The audience will be met by the gate of the park. Please note that the tour will happen in any weather.

About the director:

Sonya Schönberger studied social anthropology in Berlin and Zürich as well as Experimental Media Design at the University of Art in Berlin. Her works balance between visual art, performance art and theater. The artist works in various countries, including her homeland Germany, as well as the USA, Denmark, Canada, Pakistan, and  others. One of her recent works, the audiowalk “I will always dream of my home. Stories of Displacement” produced together with Shahana Rajani, was presented at  HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, in 2016.    



  • Director — Sonya SCHÖNBERGER
  • Director assistant — Uršulė BARTOŠEVIČIŪTĖ



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