This Places of Remembrance project was conceived and made by husband and wife, Renata Stih and Dr. Frieder Schnock. They live in Berlin and have collaborated on a number of projects for public spaces. Ms. Stih was born in Zagreb, Croatia, while Dr. Schnock was born in Meissen/Saxony, Germany. Ms. Stihs work has been exhibited in various cities in Europe. Work from the Places of Remembrance project was part of a recent traveling exhibition "Burnt Whole: Contemporary Artists Reflect on the Holocaust".
In 1993, Schoeneberg, a district of Berlin, solicited proposals for a project, which would commemorate the jews who had lived in the district and had suffered at the hands of the Nazis before and during World War II. At the turn of the century, Schoeneberg was the home of many upper middle-class Jews including Albert Einstein, Billy Wilder, Elia Kazan and Kurt Tucholsky.
Ms. Stihs and Dr. Schnocks proposal, Orte des Erinnerns im Bayerischen Viertel - Ausgrenzung und Entrechtung, Vertreibung, Deportation und Ermordung von Berliner Juden in den Jahren 1933 bis 1945 (Places of Remembrance in the Bavarian Quarter - Isolation, Expulsion, Deportation and Murder of Berlin Jews in the years 1933 - 1945) was selected. As part of the project, eighty signs were installed on street poles in the area around Bayerishe Platz in Schoeneberg. On one side of each sign was an image, on the other text describing a law proscribed for the Jews by the Nazi in the 1930s. In addition, the project included an Arbeitsbuch für ein Denkmal in Berlin (workbook for a memorial in Berlin). This book includes essays about the project and the former Jewish presence, as well as excerpts from interviews in that area with a number of people over fifty years of age after the project had been installed.
Several years after the installation of Places of Remembrance, this team proposed a memorial project "Bus stop", which would take people from a central location in Berlin by bus to the various locations in the city where Nazi crimes were perpetrated.
Ms. Stih and Dr. Schnock have participated in a number of forums in Europe and the United States to discuss memory and how it can be evoked and conveyed by physical spaces and designs that we call memorials.