Martin Buber (Haus) (Heppenheim)


Martin Buber lived in this cute little house in Heppenheim, Germany. The neighborhood must have looked very different back then, in the 1920s. Maybe the house itself was more banged up, not maintained as well. But I like the spatial memory of a basic architectural shape, which here is the bourgeois and suburban (?) shape of modern German Jewish thought and culture. We all live somewhere, right? This house is not modern. With its slanted eaves, gabled roof, wooden shutters, and the decorative awning it has a folsky-volkish old German art nouveau look. It feels very 1890s. The street address is Graben 15, 64646 Heppenheim (Bergstraße). 

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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