Cheer up, Sahra!” – “Stay strong, Ms. Wagenknecht, hold on!” Huge crowds in the foyer, intense need for closeness, a selfie and one more and please sign a few books again. She signs with a jagged hand movement, a big one “S”, then a long sweeping line that disappears into nothing. “For Helga”, “for Robin”, “for Gerlinde”. Bouquet of flowers, she hurries away. Now let the woman through, she said before that she has to leave on time.

It’s dark and cold outside in the parking lot of the “Altes Theater” in Magdeburg. On the way to the car, a woman says to her husband: “You, that was a really nice evening.”

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