New Museum of Modern Literature opens in Marbach , Germany . There are more than 1,300 exhibits, including Friedrich Nietzsche's death mask and Franz Kafka's manuscript of "The Trial". Marbach is elected not by chance, it is native town of German writer Friedrich Schiller.
"The Museum of Modern Literature is a place of memory which will keep the choir of all the single voices alive," said German president Horst Koehler, according to remarks prepared for the evening opening ceremony. "And perhaps, if one listens carefully, one can hear something like a united voice of the nation's culture."
The 11.8 million (US$15.3 million) building was designed by British architect David Chipperfield and is home to the collection of the German Literature Archive, which was founded in 1955 to preserve the literary remains of German writers including letters, documents and personal belongings. The museum opens at 10 a.m. daily and entrance costs 5 (US$6.25) for adults, reports the AP.