January 20, 2014
Wannsee: Place and Deed
I was having tea with a group of writers and scholars on the veranda of a formidable white-stucco, red-tile-roof house looking out at Lake Wannsee on the western edge of Berlin. The lake was wrapped by stretches of beach and a marina, but mostly by woods, impressive late-Victorian houses, and sleek new ones of glass, metal, and wood.
The water was choppy, blue-gray under clouds and drizzle as a few sailboats drifted by. Because I had a gap in my afternoon