Columbus Street

A Family Story: 1935-1945

Family history reflected in the mirror of Germany’s national socialist times

After his father’s death, Tobi Dahmen discovered a collection of old family letters.

With the help of this lens on history, he reconstructed a chronicle of Germany before and during the war as reflected in his own family’s story.

Columbus Street stands for more, then, than just one family who lived on this street in Düsseldorf and their experiences during the years 1935-45. This narrative is more like a sensitive confrontation with the politics of the years 1935-45 in national socialist Germany.