EN190208 Speakers talk about creating holocaust memory in the streets of Berlin

Speakers Talk About Creating Holocaust Memory in the Streets of Berlin

Installations around Berlin give pedestrians a vision of their horrific past. This sign says: Jews in Berlin are only allowed to buy food between four and five o’clock in the afternoon. July 4, 1940.

In 1993, Berlin-based artists, Professor Renata Stih and Dr. Frieder Schnock created an unusual and controversial Holocaust memorial called “Places of Remembrance in the Bayerischen Viertel: Exclusion and Disenfranchisement, Expulsion, Deportation and Murder of Berlin Jews from 1933 to 1945.”

The memorial consists of 80 signs attached to lamp posts in the Bavarian Quarter of Berlin, and each one has one of the many Nazi rules that Jews followed during the occupation. Stih and Schnock’s signs are integrated in the neighborhood, and each double-sided sign includes the Nazi rules for Jews with a corresponding image.

Stih and Schnock will be in Columbus to speak about their work for a program on Monday, Feburary 18th at the JCC on the East side, 1125 College Ave at 7 PM.  The program is being presented by the Ohio State’s Department of Germanic Languages and Cultures and the Melton Center for Jewish Studies and is co-sponsored by the Holocaust Education Council and the Jewish Community Relations Committee of JewishColumbus.

Stih and Schnock are Berlin-based conceptual artists who like to explore how memory functions in the social sphere and how it is reflected symbolically in urban spaces and in museums. They are known for using their art to question the ambiguity and ambivalence of social sculpture and introduce how their idea of art in public space affects everyday life through their art projects.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lori Botnick Fireman at the Melton Center for Jewish Studies at 614.292.0700 or by email at fireman.2@osu.edu.