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by Paul Celan

Deathfugue Resources


Paul Celan Poetry Excerpt

Read other Paul Celan poems translated by John Felstiner, including the haunting "Psalm."

The Shoah Foundation

This foundation was founded by Steven Spielberg to help preserve memories of the Holocaust. The website features interviews with survivors.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

An amazing resource for all things related to the Holocaust.

Poets.org: Paul Celan

A brief biography of Celan and a few poems, including a translation of "Deathfugue" with the clunky title, "Fugue of Death."

Paul Celan's Letters

An article in a Jewish newspaper on the occasion of the publishing of Paul Celan's letters.


"Deathfugue" in English

Famous Irish poet Galwell Kinnell, author of "The Bear," reads "Deathfugue."

Celan Reads "Deathfugue" in German

The poem is frightening enough without the animation of Celan's mouth moving, thank you very much. But you get to hear Celan reading the poem himself, in German, the way it was written.

Reading with Holocaust Images

A tasteful video with the same reading by Celan in German, with images from Nazi concentration camps.


Recordings of the poem in German and English.


Paul Celan

A portrait of the poet.

Anselm Kiefer Painting

The important German artist Anselm Kiefer did a number of works inspired by Paul Celan's poetry, including "Deathfugue." In this painting, the word "Margarethe," is superimposed on a background of "golden" and "ashen" color.

"Your Golden Hair, Marguerite"

Another painting by Anselm Kiefer that was inspired by "Deathfugue." The hair in question is made of straw.


Paul Celan: Poet, Survivor, Jew

Who better to write Celan's story than one of his best translators? This biography by Felstiner, a professor at Stanford University, is considered the best on the market.

Paul Celan and Martin Heidegger: An Unresolved Conversation, 1951-1970

Martin Heidegger was maybe the most influential German philosophy of the twentieth century. He also made comments in support of Nazism. Paul Celan was maybe the best German-language poet of the twentieth century. He was a Jew. What happened when the two met after the war?

Movies & TV

The Pianist, Directed by Roman Polanski
This award-winning film includes a scene in which Jews in Warsaw are forced to dance and play music for the pleasure of Nazi soldiers.

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