Stumbling Stones Theodorstraße 3

Stolpersteine / Stumbling Stones commemorate:

* Max Jakob, born 1876, deported 1942 Izbica, declared dead.
* Therese Jakob née Einstein, born 1884 , deported 1942 Izbica, declared dead.
* Josef Triest, born 1877, deported 1942 Izbica, declared dead.
* Selma Triest née Steinacher, born 1882, deported 1942 Izbica, declared dead.
* Adele Hirschmann née Lehmann, born 1883, deported 1941 Riga, declared dead.
* Lina Sturm née Strauss, born 1859, deported 1942 Theresienstadt, murdered 18 September 1942.

Max and Therese Jakob had 2 children – Walter and Ernst. No information was found about Ernst, but Walter – a Jewish communist – fled to England and died there in 1942 at age 37.

Josef and Selma Triest had a son who escaped to Palestine in 1938. Of Josef’s 3 siblings, 2 survived, while his brother Berthold and wife Lina were killed in Auschwitz. Selma’s two siblings alive at the beginning of the war survived.

Adele Hirschmann’s husband died in 1920; but no information about their 2 children was seen other than their dates of birth.

Lina Sturm’s husband died in 1926. One of their children survived, but their other two did not: Julius Sturm was killed in Izbica and Berthold Sturm was murdered in Hartheim Castle.

Max and Therese Jakob, Josef and Selma Triest and Adele Hirschmann were all officially declared dead as of 8 May 1945 -- the day the Allies accepted Germany's unconditional surrender.

"Stolpersteine" is an art project for Europe by Gunter Demnig to commemorate victims of National Socialism (Nazism). Stolpersteine (stumbling stones) are small, 10x10cm brass plaques placed in the pavement in front of the last voluntary residence of (mostly Jewish) victims who were murdered by the Nazis. Each plaque is engraved with the victim’s name, date of birth and place (mostly a concentration camp) and date of death. By doing this, Gunter Demnig gives an individual memorial to each victim. One stone, one name, one person. He cites the Talmud: "A human being is forgotten only when his or her name is forgotten."

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