Stolpersteine

1

September 1, 2014 by The Citron Review

by Rachel Unkefer

 

96 millimeters square, concrete sheathed in brass,
smooth and shining, mortared among cobblestones.
Gedenken. To remember. Sprinkle these stumbling stones
across Frankfurt and Berlin and Hamburg. In front of

31 Bamberger Street and 90 Otto Braun Street
(the Leonardo Royal Hotel). Stop each passerby,
force him to his knees, to read the inscriptions:
Here lived Edith Kahn or Markus Wallach or

Nathan Otto Rosenberg, Deported in 1941 or
Murdered by a mob in the street, 1939.
Auschwitz, Theresienstadt, Minsk Ghetto.
Hold her head down until she has washed the brass

with grief and guilt. And then do it again
on the next street and the next. Until the sidewalks
are blocked by the prostrate. Because flat squares glinting
like gold teeth obstruct nobody’s path. They

become fixtures in the neighborhood, as the people
once were. Better, construct an army of life-sized statues
to guard millions of front entrances, daring
pedestrians to pass without noticing.

Ludwig Bernheim, Karl Kahn, Alice Brandis,
Ida Frank. The forms of human beings,
disturbing the neighbors, saying,
I used to live here.

 

Rachel Unkefer’s fiction has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Prime Number Magazine, and elsewhere, and her poetry has appeared in Atticus Review. She is the president and co-founder of WriterHouse, a non-profit community center in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Advertisements

One thought on “Stolpersteine

  1. […] poetry: “Almost Like the Blues,” by Leonard Cohen, and “Stolpersteine,” by Rachel […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Mushrooms

🍋10th Anniversary

Fall 2019 IssueSeptember 23rd, 2019
Cheers to 10 great years!

🍋 Instagram

Tisha Marie Reichle-Aguilera's "Swiriling Debris" is in our Fall 2019 Issue. Always look both ways! https://citronreview.com/2019/09/23/swirling-debris/ #amreading #microfiction
Prolific flash writer, editor and writing teacher Riham Adly's "The Princess of Fantasistan" bubbles in our Fall 2019 issue! https://citronreview.com/2019/09/23/the-princess-of-fantasistan/ Riham was also shortlisted for the 2018 Arabic Literature (in English) Translation Prize. #amreading #flashfiction
Joanne Nelson, author of forthcoming memoir This is How We Leave (@vine_leaves_press) is sharing her "Leftovers" with us. Let's peak inside the fridge! https://citronreview.com/2019/09/23/leftovers/ #amreading #fall2019
Oregon Book Award recipient, Willa Schneberg's new poem "Shelley's Heart" is in our new Fall 2019 issue. She's published five volumes of poetry including Rending the Garment from Mudfish Books. @literaryarts #amreading #fall2019
Delight in fresh-squeezed brief literature at citronreview.com! Our Fall 2019 Issue features this litany of remarkable voices: Willa Schneberg, Jennifer Woodworth, Rachel Andoga, Marissa Hoffman, Joanne Nelson, JK Rogers, Melissa Knox, Riham Adly, Eleanor Levine, Ronald Hartley, Timothy Reilly, Tisha Marie Reichle-Aguilera, Mary F. Morris, Frances Gapper #amreading #fall2019 #citronstories
Happy 10th anniversary to our readers and contributing writers! What's your #CitronStory? If you're a contributing writer, post your story on social media. Readers, post your favorite stories on social media too. Be sure to include #CitronStories #TheCitronReview #onlinejournal #briefliterature #celebratingtheshortform #cheersto10years #tellyourstory #amreading

Enter your email address to follow us and receive notifications of new issues by email.

%d bloggers like this: