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In dialogue with poems by concentration camp prisoners

2022-12-07T06:22:42.948Z

In dialogue with poems by concentration camp prisoners Created: 07/12/2022 07:12 By: Nikola Obermeier "Dachau Elegies", new work by Dr. Norbert Göttler, with pictures by Horst Thürheimer. © Private dr Norbert Göttler, poet and historian, uses elements from poems written in the concentration camp in his "Dachau Elegies". Dachau – Some prisoners of the Dachau concentration camp have left behind



In dialogue with poems by concentration camp prisoners

Created: 07/12/2022 07:12

By: Nikola Obermeier

"Dachau Elegies", new work by Dr.

Norbert Göttler, with pictures by Horst Thürheimer.

© Private

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Norbert Göttler, poet and historian, uses elements from poems written in the concentration camp in his "Dachau Elegies".

Dachau – Some prisoners of the Dachau concentration camp have left behind poems that they once wrote at the risk of their lives.

District home nurse Dr.

Norbert Göttler, poet and historian from Hebertshausen, uses elements from it in his "Dachau Elegies" and combines them with his own thoughts and metaphors.

The Munich artist Horst Thürheimer accompanies the "Dachau Elegies" with abstract images.

Poems by Dachau concentration camp prisoners as a basis

The title already indicates what awaits the reader of the book: the literary form of the elegy, the lamentation, a poem with a sad subject and often written in a melancholic mood and in the tone of wistful lamentation.

The basis for the "Dachau Elegies" were poems by Dachau concentration camp prisoners who were imprisoned, harassed and tortured between 1933 and 1945.

Norbert Göttler, who grew up in Walpertshofen and thus in the vicinity of the former Dachau concentration camp and its satellite camps, enters into an inner dialogue with the prisoners and goes on a hike with them across the black earth of the Dachauer Moos.

We stand with the author of the poem in front of the entrance to the concentration camp memorial, he learns that his guests cannot come, so he does not have to guide the visitors through the memorial and is relieved to be alone with the dismay he felt at this place.

“The place happens to me, becomes stranger and stranger.

Who you were in days gone by is no longer you.” The verses and quotes from the prisoners stand out in italics, here from Jura Soyer, imprisoned in Dachau and Buchenwald, where he died in 1939.

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Norbert Göttler, author of the "Dachau Elegies" © private

Three men slide into the picture, their "eyes deep and heavy".

They ask the author to follow them.

The readers are also drawn along on the hike into a cold winter landscape.

The horror is felt along the way.

"Black the earth and black the wind.

Pitch black, ash black.

White pebbles lie in it like children's bones." The fears and voices of the prisoners can be felt and heard: "The night brought us inhuman screams."

In a foreword, the culture journalist Gottfried Knapp describes how Norbert Göttler incorporated sentences that came from the written legacies of former prisoners, from texts that were written in brutal distress.

"In the regular style of the stanzas, they seem like quotations from a zone of terror, like cries of despair that could not be shouted out loud, that had to be scribbled down."

Horst Thürheimer's abstract paintings accompany the “Dachau Elegies”.

They react impressively to the text with their sombre colors.

“These images manage to touch us,” writes Knapp.

"They make us stop.

Art cannot achieve much more.”

Dachau Elegies by Norbert Göttler and Horst Thürheimer.

52 pages, hardcover, September 2022. ISBN 978-3-96233-351-5

You can read more news from the Dachau region here.

Source: merkur

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