These memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorate:
Eugen Bluhdorn (born 1893, escaped and died 23 may 2042 )
Amalie Bluhdorn (born 1864, murdered in Theresienstadt 1942)
Kathe Bluhdorn (born 1888, escaped to the USA in 1939)
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: TracesOfWar
- Photos: Johan Tjallingii