Stolpersteine (Stumbling Stones)

From Amsterdam.

These are the Stolpersteine (Stumbling Stones) for Andreas Hertzberger and his wife Selma Hertzberger-Roos.  They are located in front of their former home (above, right).

The German artist Gunter Demnig started placing the first Stolpersteine in 1997, in the Berlin’s Kreuzberg district. Now there are Stumbling Stones in many countries.  They are to remind the world and the local residents of the Holocaust in World War II.

A Stolperstein is a concrete stone of 10 x 10cm, with a brass plate on top, in which the name, date of birth and death and also place of death is punched. The Stumbling Stones gets a place in the pavement in front of the former house of the victim.

By doing this, Gunter Demnig gives a private memorial to each victim.
His motto is: ‘A HUMAN BEING IS FORGOTTEN ONLY WHEN HIS OR HER NAME IS FORGOTTEN’.  This is the same concept which is followed at many Holocaust memorials, where the names of the victims are listed.  Of course most victims do not have an individual place of burial, just a particular death camp.

2 thoughts on “Stolpersteine (Stumbling Stones)”

  1. Michael Pritchard

    What a meaningful, and wonderful tribute to the memory of those murdered, and reminder of (what should be) THE WHOLE WORLD’S COMMITMENT to the promise “NEVER AGAIN.” To those in Iran, Yemen, and the other countries who cannot abide the thought of Israel we in the United States of America warn: You will be best served by a peaceful approach when considering Israel, for anything else will be met with swift retaliation. Our commitment to Israel is rock solid. Obama is gone and his shameful pandering to the Arab states is over. They must live peacefully with Israel or else.

    That is my prayer and hope for the Peace of Jerusalem and the safety of the people of Israel!

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