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“Stolpersteine in Berlin”
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Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Arrestingly simple and designed to catch your eye and be missed in equal measure. Brings home the personal stories of racial violence

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Reviewed 30 January 2017

We have some of these in Erlangen. the first time I saw then from a distance I wondered what they were. Then I read the first inscription and I realized. Each stone represents a victim of the Nazi regime and it is vital that we have memorials like these to remind us never to allow such a regime to come to power again.

Thank Mark R
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Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

This small cobblestones with a brass plate and inscription are a part of the worlds largest decentralized memorial. They are dedicated to the victims of Nazi regime and are not to be found only in Erlangen, but all over Europe. Their name literally translates as "stumbling stone" and are not meant to make you stumble with your feet, but in your mind. Visit the website to learn more about it.

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Reviewed 17 March 2015

The Stolpersteine are brass blocks with the names of former citizens of Erlangen, who have been send to concentration camps and killed by the Nazis. They are typically inserted in the pavement in front of the building where they have been living.
Like it or not. This is also a part of our history. These people should not be forgotten.

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Reviewed 18 September 2014

During my visit in Berlin, I noticed Stolpersteine for the first time. Stolpersteine are translated as 'stumbling blocks', but what are they?
Stolpersteine is a project of German artist Gunter Demnig (1947). They are small bronze plated cobble-stone seized memorials of 10x10 cm (4x4 inch), with an inscription of a victim of Nazi persecution. Mostly the name, date of birth, date and place of deportation or arrest and date and place of death (if known) are marked. You literally stumble over the stones and then you bend over and read the monument.
Gunter Demnig started with Stolpersteine in 1992 when he was in Colonge. It was 50 years since Heinrich Himmler signed a decree to deport Sinti and Roma to extermination camps. Gunter Demnig commemorated this by engraving the first sentence of the decree into a stone, which he laid before the Town Hall of Cologne. In fact this was the first Stolperstein which was laid. Then he encountered an inhabitant of Cologne who had lived through the war and was convinced that no Roma or Sinti had lived there. In this way he came up with the idea to make a Stolperstein for every victim to the Nazi persecution and place it in front of the last know place of residence. In this way the victim would symbolically return and could be commemorated. In 1993 he published his idea and a year later he exhibited 250 Stolpersteine in Cologne for murdered Roma and Sinti. In 1995 these 250 stones were laid into the pavements of the city of Cologne.
In 1996 within the scope of the exhibition “Künstler forschen nach Auschwitz“, Gunter Demnig laid 50 Stolpersteine in the Kreuzberg district (Oranienstraße and Dresdner Straße) of Berlin, without approval from the Berlin authorities. This was noticed and supported by a lot of Berliners and the local authorities. Since 2000 Gunter Demnig has laid more than 5.000 Stolpersteine in 12 districts of Berlin. Currently there are more then 40.000 Stolpersteine in 12 European countries!

Everybody can participate in the Stolpersteine project, individually or in groups, by making a donation or pay for a stone. Relatives, schools or other organizations can arrange a stone for a particular victim. There are coordination offices which help with research and advice. The price of a Stolperstein is about €120.

In my opinion the Stolperstein project is a great initiative. People in al kind if cities see the stones in the pavement and their attention is drawn to the victims. They have to bend over to read the small monument. In this way they take some time to commemorate the victim. Because there is little information, they try to imagine the person and his/her fate. This is the strength of the Stolperstein.

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