The Deserted Room (Der Verlassene Raum)

This memorial in the former Jewish neighbourhood of Berlin consists of a table and two chairs, of which one is fallen. It shows a room whose residents suddenly are disappeared.

The memorial contains the following poem of Nelly Sachs:
...oh the houses of death / invitingly appointed / for the landlord of the house who was once a guest / Oh you fingers, / laying the threshold / like a knife between life and death / Oh, you chimney stacks, / Oh you fingers, / And the body of Israel going up in smoke!

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  • Text: Fedor de Vries
  • Photos: Kaj Metz (1) & Fedor de Vries (2,3,4)