by Jenny Erpenbeck and Susan Bernofsky


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On a lake in Brandenburg, Germany, a single house becomes the lens through which a century of tumult is seen. Its Jewish inhabitants flee the Holocaust, Russian occupiers raid its contents, an architect is forcefully evicted and through it all the gardener tends the lawn around it. This is the story of the twentieth century, as told by the objects owned by those who shaped it.

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One of the works discovered in the trove, a painting from Otto Dix, is projected on a screen during a news conference in Augsburg, southern Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Kerstin Joensson/Courtesy of AP Images hide caption

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