That’s right, folks. I gave myself the day off in Berlin.
But, um… shouldn’t you be doing work?
I know, I know. I feel a little guilty about taking off an entire day, but Karen and I have gradually been getting worn out as the last two weeks. And it was supposed to rain today. Then it didn’t. Oops.
At least we’ve managed to rest our cobblestone-wearied legs and get a couple loads of laundry done! It was seriously piling up, and it’s not exactly an easy or quick process when everything takes hours to dry on the laundry rack.
As far as the research goes, it’s coming along fairly well. I have two interviews scheduled this week, and I’m changing up my tactics a little to try to get more responses before we have to leave. I’ve made an online survey, which some of you may have noticed on the new Stolpersteine Befragung page here on the blog. I’ve made some flyers to post around the city with the Website address in hopes that more people will take the survey.
Since the surveys have not (yet) turned up many people to interview, I’m also going to start doing semi-formal interviews: basically, just approaching someone sitting on a bench or people who don’t seem to be in a hurry, and asking them a few questions about the Stolpersteine to find out their opinions about the memorials.
Karen and I have also been having some fun along the way this week, so don’t feel too bad for our tired feet. A group of students from UT lead by one of the German faculty have been here for the last few days, and we went with them to tour a WWII-era flak-tower on Friday morning and also toured the Museum of Musical Instruments at the Kulturforum yesterday morning for a couple of hours. They were both amazing, and it was good to see some familiar faces – I audited the interdisciplinary-part of the course with these students during the spring semester. They get credit for both the class and the trip!
Finally, I know you are all probably begging for some eye candy (and by that I mean photos) so here are some of the most recent.