Stumbling Stone Blombrink 1

This small, brass memorial plaque (Stolperstein or stumbling stone) commemorates:

* Jeanette Kleeberg née Gottschalk, born 1885, deported 1942, murdered in Riga.

Jeanette (Jenny) Kleeberg, a German citizen, was the widow of Hermann Kleeberg. According to her niece, they had no children. She was in the group of the last five Jews in Haltern who were taken to nearby Recklingshausen and then deported from Gelsenkirchen-Dortmund on 27 January 1942 to the Riga ghetto. Of the 900-1000 people on that transport, only 121 are known to have survived the war. Jeanette Kleeberg was not among them. She was "verschollen" -- lost, presumed dead.

"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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