Cover Photo: In this photograph, we see a yellow U-Bahn train pulling into a Berlin platform. There are a few people standing on the warmly lit platform, but not many.
Photograph by Patrick Dirden/Flickr

Stumbling Stones

As a queer descendant of Holocaust survivors, I knew my first time visiting Berlin—a hub of queer life and Holocaust memorials—would not be easy.

is one side shorter than the other?

Are the Germans trying to fix my IBS? IBS is related to intergenerational trauma, these fools!

The dogs jump on us.

A man, we were afraid, you don’t do what the German tell you, then the dog came, and finished [attacked them]. Was terrible. I was there [Auschwitz] four weeks and then, doesn’t matter. I said I don’t care what kind of job I can get, hard or something, but I can’t take it, this. Was terrible. Screaming, ugh.

No, no, not me,

Jenna Zucker is a senior at Barnard College majoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They are writing a memoir about their relationship with their grandmother, their queer identity, and their grandmother's survival of the Holocaust.