A grave in the clouds

In May 1945, Romanian poet Paul Celan wrote Todesfuge (Death Fugue), a poem about the horrors of the Holocaust and the concentration camps. Todesfuge occupies a central position the exhibition. Celan survived several forced labour camps, but his parents did not survive the war. His poetic description of a concentration camp did not meet with great resonance during the early post-war years. But Celan is now considered to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century.