berlin for jews (2016)
Poster | History | Shadow

|  Symbol  |

“The symbol thus generally represents the merging of the male and the female, and, the elements of fire and water, respectively.”

Haaretz - The Star of David: More Than Just a Symbol of the Jewish People or Nazi

|  History  |

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Photo Credit: Eisenman Architects

The Jewish Museum Berlin
Photo Credit: Tanja Cotoaga 

|  Overview  |

This lecture poster addresses “the baggage of history” for Jews when traveling in Berlin with the visual reference of two major Jewish memorials in the city, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Jewish Museum Berlin. Gender segregation during the Holocaust is represented by the separation of the two triangles forming the Judaism symbol, the Star of David. The male to female ratio of the Jewish victims was approximately 2:1, hence the right-side-up triangles (male) doubles the number of the upside-down ones (female). The typeface Söhne used for the title is described by the designer as “the memory of Akzidenz-Grotesk framed through the reality of Helvetica,” which also ties in with the topical juxtaposition of Jews’ historical burden and modern experience in Berlin.

Wikipedia - Jewish Women in the
Typefaces: Söhne, Akzidenz-Grotesk Std