Stumbling Stones Dušni 112/16

These small, brass memorial plaques (Stolpersteine or stumbling stones) at Dušni 112/16 in Prague Staré Mӗsto commemorate:

* Rudolf Lasch, born 1890, deported 1942 to Therezin, murdered in Riga.
* Maximilian Lasch, born 1890, deported 1941 to Lodz, murdered.

Rudolf Lasch and his wife Pavla Laschova (b. 1899) lived at this address with their two daughters, Mariana (born 1921) and Hedvika (born 1926). No other information was found about their lives before the war. All four were on the same Transport Ba on 10 August 1942 from Prague to Theresienstadt. They stayed there only 10 days before all four were deported again to Riga on 20 August. None survived. No reason was found for the absence of stolpersteine for Rudolf Lasch’s wife and daughters.

Dr. Maximilian Lasch was a professor. He was married to Edith Edita Morgenshtern (b 1905). No information was found on any children or about their lives before the war. They were deported on the same Transport B on 21 October 1941 to Lodz. Neither survived. No stolperstein was seen for his wife.

The relationship between Rudolf Lasch and Maximilian Lasch was not found.

"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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