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Stumbling Stones Kaesenstraße 19

These memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorate:
Karoline Cohn (born 1858, murdered in Treblinka sept 1942)
Dr. Bruno Kisch (born 1890, Escaped to USA 1938)
Ruth Kisch Arndt (born 1898, Escaped to USA 1938)
Charlotte Kisch (born 1929, Escaped to USA 1938)
Regina Esther Kisch (born 1931, Escaped to USA 1938)
Arnold Immanuel Kisch (born 1933, Escaped to USA 1938)

The small copper plaques, in the pavement in front of houses of which the (mostly Jewish) residents were murdered by the Nazis, mention the name, date of birth and place (mostly a concentration camp) and date of death.

In many other cities, mainly in Germany but also in other European countries, the memorials also can be found. There are already many thousands of these plaques and their number is still counting. Almost all Stolpersteine are laid by the German artist himself, Gunter Demnig.

For more information and pictures, please visit Stolpersteine in Cologne (in German).

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  • Text: Fedor de Vries
  • Photos: Johan Tjallingii