Photo by Ayman Mohyeldin: “in govt office on the wall was a stain from picture that was recently removed Guess whose #tunisia”.
From Erich Kästner’s wartime diary, Notabene ’45, an excerpt (translated by Mr Verstappen) describing a town in Austria immediately after the Nazis’ defeat:
Everywhere the swastika was torn from the Hitler flag. Everywhere white bed sheets were cut up. Everywhere the farmers’ wives stitched the red and white bars trimly together on their sewing machines.
[...] Darker patches on the walls told us how easily wallpaper fades and how large Hitler’s portrait had been. In some living rooms the father of the family stood in front of the mirror, made strange faces and shaved, without any feelings of piety, his tertiary sex characteristic, the Hitler moustache, from his upper lip. [...] Now that the light shines out again, there is also light shining in.
Photo copyright © Ayman Mohyeldin 2011.