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How Author Nathan Englander Found the ‘Opposite of Dark’ in Berlin

  • Novelist remembers stay at historic site during New York gala
  • Goldman’s John Rogers, Blackstone’s Martin Brand also attend

Travel diaries are often gala conversation filler. Novelist Nathan Englander’s impressions of the American Academy in Berlin belong in a whole other category.

“That I wrote in the house near where the Final Solution was put into play, and pretty much anyone in that house working, thinking would have been executed by the Nazis, was so joyous to me,” Englander, who is Jewish, said Tuesday night in New York at a fundraiser for the academy. “It was the opposite of dark.”