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Jews Aren’t Allowed to Use Telephones

Twenty years ago, Berlin artists created an amazingly pervasive memorial of the holocaust in the Bavarian Quarter that still continues today.

“Jews in Berlin may only buy food between four and five o’clock in the afternoon”

Today, Germany is filled with memorials and institutions dealing with aspects of the Holocaust, including Daniel Liebeskind’s Jewish Museum and Berlin’s central Holocaust memorial. But Stih and Schnock’s in-your-face signs about Nazi policies, integrated into the present-day life of a residential Berlin neighborhood, remain one of the most visceral and unsettling. I recently walked through the Bavarian Quarter—which is part of Berlin’s Schöneberg district—with the artists to discuss their work and its legacy.
— Ian Johnson, New York Review of Books