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Stumbling Stones Da Costastraat / Tollenstraat

These small, brass memorial plaques (stolpersteine, struikelstenen, or stumbling stones) were installed on 30 April 2018 to commemorate:

* Herman Salomo Meijer, born 1911, murdered 30 April 1943, Auschwitz.
* Betsij Meijer-Zilverberg, born 1914, murdered 26 February 1943, Auschwitz.
* Rosaline Betty Meijer, born 1939, murdered 26 February 1943, Auschwitz.
* Johanna Meijer, born 1941, murdered 26 February 1943, Auschwitz.

Herman Salomo Meijer, a sales representative from Dordrecht, and Betsij Zilverberg from Oss were married in 1938. They had two daughters, Rosaline (born 1939) and Johanna (born 1941). The family moved to Zwijndrecht in 1941 and lived at Da Costastraat 35, where they had good relations with their neighbors. The family was arrested and taken to Westerbork on 11 November 1942. Three and a half months later, they were deported to Auschwitz. The two girls (ages 3 and 2 years) and their mother (age 28) were killed on the day they arrived in Auschwitz. The official date of death of their father Herman (age 31) was set at two months later.

Stolpersteine for Hermanís parents, 2 brothers and a sister are at Voorstraat 27 (niewe 35) rood, Dordrecht, NL.

Stolpersteine for Betsijís brothers are in Oss: for Henri Zilverberg and his family at Molenstraat 143 and for Maurits Zilverbeg and his family at Peperstraat 8. Betsijís mother Rosalina died before the war. Her father Davild Zilverberg died in Oss in November 1942; the cause of his death was not seen.

"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 victimís 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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