Navina Sundaram is sitting in the editing room in Hamburg. She has managed to reduce the complexity of the Kemal Altun case to the required 2 minutes and 40 seconds for the political magazine; a journalistic feat considering the legal terminology and the international political situation, which must be presented in simple terms. She places her interview with the judge at the back. The audience therefore first gets an impression of perhaps the best-known deportation prisoner of the republic on trial here.

The phone rings. I imagine she is displeased about the disturbance. It’s the day of the broadcast; the report still needs to be approved. It rings again. She answers. Peter Boultwood is on the phone and says, “Did you hear? Kemal jumped out of the window in the courtroom. He’s dead.”


Merle Kröger

Translated by
Rubaica Jaliwala

The Nomadic Curriculum — A Manual Series

Series Editors
Stefan Aue, Lama El Khatib
Managing Editor
Natalie Ruhland
Project Administration
Anja Dunkel
Archive Books Editors
Chiara Figone, Sara Marcon
52 pages
12 x 16 cm
ISBN 978-3-948212-94-0
Euros 12,00

This publication is part of Howdunnit, a series conceptualized by Kayfa ta in 2022. The first two books in this series are Archives & Crimes by Iman Mersal and Panorama by Merle Kröger.

These two books form volume 3 of The Nomadic Curriculum — A Manual Series, edited by Stefan Aue and Lama El Khatib / Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW).

The Nomadic Curriculum — A Manual Series are publications by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW). The series is part of The Whole Life. An Archive Project, a collaboration between Arsenal — Institute for Film and Video Art / Archive außer sich, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Pina Bausch Foundation, and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD). It is part of HKW’s project The New Alphabet, supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling of the German Bundestag.