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literary series in the dependance: reading with audience discussion

The actress Franziska Melzer reads from the work of Nelly Sachs (1891-1970), who received the Nobel Prize in Literature for her lyrical and dramatic work.


Nelly Sachs grew up at Lessingstraße 33 in Berlin-Tiergarten. In May 1940, the Jewish manufacturer's daughter and her mother narrowly escaped persecution by the National Socialists. The poet's main work, which deals with the Holocaust, was written in exile in Sweden. She wrote several times about the "dead bridegroom", whose real model cannot be reconstructed, as a metaphor for abandonment. Sachs looked back on the existential threat of Nazism - memories that never let her go.

It was not until the 1950s that the writer's work found recognition in the Federal Republic of Germany, and in 1966 she received the Nobel Prize for Literature. In Berlin, a plaque on her former home at the entrance to today's Hansa elementary school commemorates the city's honorary citizen.

Franziska Melzer was born in Dresden in 1981. After studying at the University of the Arts in Berlin, the actress moved to various theater cities in Germany, including the Thalia Theater in Hamburg. Franziska Melzer, who lives in Berlin-Moabit, has been a member of the ensemble at the Hans Otto Theater in Potsdam since 2009.

Dependance Mitte Museum: Rathaus Tiergarten, 2nd floor, room 234, Mathilde-Jacob-Platz 1, 10551 Berlin.

Admission free!

Registration by email is requested.

(Program in German)


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