German Wooden Art Piece

Relationship: Child of im/migrant

The artifact that I picked is a piece of art, made out of wood that was salvaged from an apartment in Berlin during the Second World War. The piece of wood is painted pink with a black bear on it and has red writing, which says “Ein stuck Berlin.” which means “ A piece of Berlin.” The bear on the painting, which is considered the bear of Berlin, represents freedom. The item has been kept in good condition and will be able to be passed down from generations to come. It has been in our family for about 25 years and has a lot of sentimental value.  My father was moving to America after college and he brought it with him. He bought it at a local artist’s store in Berlin. My father thought very highly of this item because it was one of the few things he brought with him to America. I think the object represents a piece of my family and our culture and identity; in a way that it represents a part of me and who I am. It means it a little bit of my life being an American-German. It is a remembrance of World War 2 for me. This object represents my nationality because it is a German art piece but it lives in America, like me. I consider myself to be German but yet I am still considered American.

Place(s): Berlin, Germany, New York, US
Year: 1979

– CH

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