These memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorate:
Emil Nosbach (born 1884, in hiding and survived
Ruth Nosbach (born 1928, in hiding and survived
Johanna Nosbach (born 1887, in hiding and survived
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