|No plaques, no lists, no statues, no names. Simply visiting the places where the Holocaust was planned and carried out. As Schnock said, "A giant monument has no effect and ultimately becomes invisible. Giving people a way to visit the authentic crime scenes would be far more effective." The bus stop proposal, or Bushaltestelle, placed 11th in original competition. At the exhibition where all the 528 entries were displayed, the bus stop proposal was the clear favorite.|
|One of the requirements of the selection committee was that the memorial include the official name, "The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe." Stih and Schnock proposed placing the name on the buses--a "moving memorial," as Schnock said. They entered never expecting to win. The "anti-proposal" was intended as a reaction to the entire didactic notion of a central national memorial.|
|The lot provided by the government would be bisected by a one way street . On the street, a information center would provide a schedule and greater detail about the sites. On buses, ideally, one would talk to other passengers. After visiting the sites of destruction and the smaller everyday sites that have fallen into disrepair, one might need to talk.
Their proposal differed from others in that it focused on not only Jewish victims but others as well. The buses take visitors, if they can be called that, to various spots that relate to all victims. Naturally most spots relate to Jewish community, but the proposal shows the interconnectiveness of all victims. It actively breaks down the heirarchy of victims that so many monuments create. The buses would infiltrate every corner of the city.
|In January 1996, Stih and Schnock published a 128-page booklet in the form of a timetable, listing Holocaust related sites, the ones they proposed the buses visit, and telling how these sites can be reached via public transportation. The booklet also describes the importance of each of the sites, 29 of them in Berlin and 59 as far away as Poland, the Netherlands, and the Baltic states. Many of the Berlin sites are barely known, such as a Jewish orphanage from which children were deported to Auschwitz and a courthouse where Nazi judges sentenced more than 200 political dissidents to death.|