Do you name your child Adolf?

Florian David Fitz (47) began his television career in 1999 with the series “Der Bulle von Tölz”. Born in Munich, he has also succeeded in cinema since films such as “Hearts of Men” (2009) and “Vincent Will Meer” (2010). Can you call your child Adolf or not – in the social comedy “Der Vorname” (July 25, 8:15 p.m., ARD), where he plays, he ignites a conflict that threatens to tear the family apart. In October, the second part “Nakhnam Monastery” will be shown in cinemas.

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Mr. Fitz, “First Name” is about whether you can call your child Adolf.

By law you can. But from an ethical point of view, it is completely different. Shall I name my child Adolf? of course not! (Laugh)

Our language is subject to change. What was said yesterday is politically incorrect today. How do you deal with that?

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I have a feeling the differentiation is a bit missing. One can simply ask: Do we have the same goal? Then you can shorten the discussion and say: Let’s treat each other sensitively and politely. Nobody can have a problem with that. But it has become so ideological that people demonize those who do not share their own resources. Then one side rips itself apart in trench warfare over individual words.

Spicy Dinner at Der Vorname (left to right): René (Justus von Dohnányi), Stefan (Christoph Maria Herbst), Elizabeth (Caroline Peters), Thomas (Florian David Fitz) and Anna (Janina Ohsey) match.

The French Revolution, defending equality, fraternity and freedom, also achieved these goals with the “virtuous terror”. The Prime Minister of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, once used this term to describe the current debate.

We don’t even need to go back to the French Revolution, it suffices to recall the student riots of the 1960s. They made themselves ideological and tore themselves apart. Or if we take Trump and Christian fundamentalists in the US – how do that fit together? A man who rejects all manners and is still proud of it. Evangelicals prefer voting for him over the Democratic challenger. How can anyone believe in Jesus, who preaches forgiveness, and be a supporter of America for gun control and the death penalty? Humans are very flexible. Any good idea can rot when it becomes an ideology. The digital revolution has fueled all of these discussions.

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The movie First Name also shows that even deep human bonds are not immune to the devastating “what I’ve always wanted to tell you.”

But shouldn’t you make friends anymore? That would be a fatalistic view of the world for me. Basically, we adults are like children. Sometimes we push the other kid, and sometimes we want something for ourselves that someone else has. But we also share chocolate with the other child or comfort him when he is sad because we are – we hope – thanks to our upbringing and socially acceptable beings.

But can there be a comeback when my best friend distorts my entire life plan?

This is actually a very difficult question. I’ve seen it in America: friendships there, even families, broke up over the question of whether or not Trump could be elected. Deep divisions opened at that time. Perhaps in a very good friendship one should be merciful enough to ignore topics to a certain extent. I cant. (Laugh)

Where is the limit?

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Difficult. I have an uncle who denied the Holocaust. What are you doing there? Are you ignoring the person, are you trying to silence the subject, are you putting it to the test? You cannot choose your family, unlike friends. very Difficult. Or take climate change, which many deny. Maybe somehow we’re intertwined like animals after all and only realize what’s going on before our eyes. When our forests burn, we do something about it locally, but anything beyond that often seems too abstract to us. This may sound very culturally pessimistic, but I sometimes feel that we are inadvertently overcoming the values ​​of the Enlightenment. We are rational, but we are still far from rational beings.

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