These small, memorial brass plaques (Stolpersteine or stumbling stones) commemorate:
* Hermann Seidner, born 1906, "Poland Action" 1938 Bentschen / Zbaszyn, Warsaw Ghetto, murdered.
* Eva Maria Seidner, née Hoenicke, born 1908, "Poland Action" 1938 Bentschen / Zbaszyn, 1940 Warsaw Ghetto, liberated.
Hermann Seidner, a merchant, and Eva Maria Hoenicke were both German citizens, born in Hamburg. They married. No other information about their lives was found except that he had a brother who survived and submitted testimony from New York City to Yad Vashem.
The couple was deported on 28 October1938 to Bentschen. Both were deported onward to the Warsaw Ghetto, though not necessarily together. Sources of information about Eva Maria Seidner’s fate are not consistent. Data from the German Federal Archives (via Yad Vashem) states her status was "murdered," while the researchers for her stolperstein concluded that she survived.
"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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