Interview: Jenny Erpenbeck

By Guy Somerset In Books

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10th January, 2013
“All my life, I have been living in Berlin, and Berlin, of course, is full of history,” says writer Jenny Erpenbeck. “But for me it took some time to see all those things in the very places where they happened. It was a slow process. It was like looking at the streets and after a while, ‘This was where Nazis were marching or people were taken’... Nowadays, they put down all these golden metal plates with the names of people who were deported. So you get a feeling while walking that here was living a family of five people and they were deported to Auschwitz on this or that day…” ...

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