Those who build walls are their own prisoners. I’m going to fulfill my proper function in the social organism. I’m going to unbuild walls.
―Ursula K Le Guin

Stolperstein für Sally Wittelson auf der Leipziger Enderstraße 9

I’m bored.

I attended a memorial tour of Stolpersteine in Leipzig on the anniversary of Kristallnacht and I was underwhelmed. Not by the lack of thoughtfulness, understanding of history, or even a degree of care but for a total lack of imagination. The most that can be mustered in most cultural, historical reconciliations with mass murder is simply unimaginative at best. Each script for the tour ran something like, “A Jew lived…

A woman with trans experience, accessing healthcare abroad, during a pandemic

I’m prompted to have conversations everyday that aren’t the conversations I choose. That’s become more true living abroad. Last year, I watched the Boston harbor slide underneath the wings of an Airbus destined for Berlin and a new life, one hard won after my expeditious and costly gender transition. …

Aurelie Richards

Writer, performer, activist, body worker, healer, and coach, from California and currently based in Leipzig, Germany. More at

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