Actually not true, but I was listening to the song during break–10€ if you can name it!

Did a bit of grammar and discussion of German newspapers today, but mostly we watched the end of Comedian Harmonists.

This afternoon, we assembled the course newspaper, which my class is mostly in charge of. It was quite low-tech, so we had to copy all the articles by hand (hello, ever heard of a little man called Gutenberg?), and I had to decorate a page for a “poesie”, which I had never heard of.

This afternoon (after szmpathiying (haha–it looks like Polish! therefore I won´t correct it) with izabela´s plight of having nothing to do, and deciding to split at Twix for consolation) I went to the Jewish Museum. Now let me tell you about a man named David (maybe Daniel–I can´t read my handwriting) Libeskind: He´s an architect. And he´s awesome. The museum is made of 3 axes: The Axis of Holocaust, the Axis of Exile, and the Axis of Continuity, which leads you through the museum and–you guessed it–takes you up a staircase leading straight into a wall.  Continuity, indeed. where the axes corss, Libeskind left huge empty spaces, walled in with concrete, which he called voids. They symboliye the abscence of Jews in German culture. of the several voids that you can enter, the most powerful one (I thought) was the Void of Memory (Leerstelle des Gedenkens). It contains an exhibit called “Fallen Leaves,” which is hundreds of iron faces in various degrees of anguish, which you are aksed to walk on. The sound and the symbolism are equally unbearable.

There was also an exhibit called “Reflex”, which used mirrors to “blur the lintes between image and reality”. I love postmodernism.

The main part of the museum is far less depressing, but proportionately less inspired. It follows Jewish history from the Middle AGes onward.

Then Mathilde, Elise, and I went on a walk to the brandenburger tor.

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