Days of Exile was launched in 2016 by Herbert and Elsbeth Weichmann Stiftung and since then takes place on regular basis. Körber-Stiftung organised the programme as a joint initiative for the first time in 2018. Days of Exile involves more than 50 partners that regularly contribute to a broad programme ranging from exhibitions, concerts, lectures, opportunities to get to know one another, readings and panel discussions to theatre and film screenings. In 2016, Herta Müller, Nobel laureate for literature, was patron of the event; in 2017, the UN Special Ambassador Nadia Murad adopted the role, as did the writer Abbas Khider in 2018. In 2017, the programme was expanded to include the Speech on Exile, the first of which was given by the Bulgarian-born writer and publisher Ilija Trojanow. In 2018, the Turkish journalist Can Dündar delivered the speech. Dündar set the scene for the month of events, and explained the impact of exile and persecution, the importance of providing exiles with a voice, and raising awareness in society about these issues. In 2019, the Chinese musician and author Liao Yiwu gave the speech following the conference ‘Germany, a Country of Exile’.
In 2020, the Days of Exile had to be cancelled due to the measures put in place to contain the corona pandemic. Some of the events that had been arranged have been rescheduled for 2021.
Conference “Germany: Country of Exile – Challenges in Science, Culture and Journalism” on 28 May 2019