THE HOUSE AT THE BRIDGE
A Story of Modern Germany
In The House at the Bridge, Katie Hafner takes a “once elegant, now dilapidated nineteenth-century villa in Potsdam” and uses it to examine the life of post-war Germany and the tensions created by reunification. With the rise of the Nazi regime, the villa lost its owners through death and exile, and the house was then converted to a “Kinderwochenheim”, a boarding house for children. Through interviews, memoirs and documents, Hafner gives us an unforgettable story of 20th-century Germany as told through the prism of one remarkable house and the family descendants who reclaim it.