"Death as a Cutthroat", engraving by Alfred Rethel (1851). Rethel was inspired by an account that the celebrated poet Heinrich Heine had made of the sudden outbreak of cholera in the year 1832, at a masquerade during the carnival of Paris. Here, Death plays a kind of violin, while the musicians flee. Close to them stands an emaciated female silhouette, wrapped in a shroud: symbol of the disease. In the foreground, some people have already died of cholera.
Three books of poetry owned by Marilyn Monroe including, "The Penguin Book of English Verse," "The Laurel Poetry Series Wordsworth," general editor Richard Wilbur, and "The Poetry and Prose of Heinrich Heine," translated by Frederic Ewen. Accompanied by a black and white reprinted photograph of Marilyn reading the Heinrich Heine book of poetry. "The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe," Christie's, New York.
"Half terror and half grace, / With lion form, with lion claws, / A woman's breast and face. / A woman fair! her glowing look, / It spoke of passion wild ; / Her silent lips they pouted forth, / And temptingly they smiled. " [PAINTING: The Enchantress, Heinrich Lossow, 1868. POEM: Sphinx, Heinrich Heine 1839]
Hotel Heinrich Heine in Schierke. Remaining unused until 2007 when the Heinrich Heine was set for auction and sold for 43,000 Euros. Renovations and restoration are to be done to the former hotel as one of the rooms has begun to collapse. Unfortunately, it does not seem that work has yet started to save the Heinrich Heine.