Vr 02 maart 2012
Arnon Grunberg blogt over Lublin (4)
Arnon Grunberg schrijft een citybook over Lublin. Op zijn blog schrijft hij over zijn belevenissen in deze Poolse stad. Vandaag de laatste blogberichten uit Lublin, de residentie van twee weken zit er op. Het resulterende citybook van Grunberg komt dit voorjaar online in het Nederlands, Engels, Frans én Pools!
One of the places that I could visit in Lublin was the “Hangman’s House”, which is described as a mysterious place in the center of the city, the house of the town’s hangman. I went to the Dlugosza Street where the hangman’s house was supposed to be. I noticed a school, but I didn’t see anything that resembled a hangman’s house. There were lots of pupils. I didn’t feel like asking them: “Excuse me, but where is the hangman’s house?”
“I’m as fond of waitresses as you are,” the journalist said. “Why do you think are we so obsessed by waitresses?” “Well,” I answered, “I’m not sure if it’s an obsession. But yes, I've been fond of waitresses since the day I set foot in a restaurant. A waitress brings us food and drinks. She resembles the mother who used to bring us food and drinks as well. In general the waitress is in some sort of uniform. The mother is never in uniform. The waitress combines the best of two worlds, she is not waiting for grandchildren but she keeps us alive.” “This is it,” the journalist said. The journalist looked genuinely happy.
This morning I went back to Majdanek --this time with my godson and his mother. “They keep Zyklon B behind glass near the gas chamber,” the mother of my godson said. I did see the gas chamber, but I didn’t manage to see the Zyklon B. Although it was snowing I didn’t want to stay inside for too long.
Arnon Grunberg blogt op: www.arnongrunberg.com/blog
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