"Nostalgia Leads Nowhere"
Object Day Dresden: Elina Klyuchenko
“Show us your story!“ – Beginning 2017, the Jewish participants in the Object Days project have followed this invitation by recounting their migration stories.
My father gave me this set of drawing instruments with a case in 1980. I worked with the instruments as an engineer in Ukraine for fifteen years. I was always very careful with them and took them with me when we immigrated to Germany in 2001. I had high hopes that I would be able to continue practicing my profession here, but unfortunately these hopes never came true. Now the instruments are a symbol of my past life, of my job, which I liked a lot, of my hopes, which I placed in the future. But nostalgia leads nowhere. It’s not constructive to ask yourself whether you made the right decision, especially for an engineering family.