These memorial stones (so called Stolperstein or stumbling block) commemorate
persecuted or murdered by the Nazis.
Jozeph Blok, born on October 10, 1878, was the brother of Sarah Blok, born on June 25, 1876. They lived at the Nieuwburen in Lemmer. If Jozeph was someone you could meet regularly in Lemmer, his sister Sarah hardly ever came out on the street, because she was as good as blind. Jozeph did small-scale trade in livestock, in wartime he tried to earn some money by peddling with abrasives, etc. Jozeph was active in the village at, among others, the ice cream association and the music association.
The small brass plaques of 10 by 10 cm, in the pavement in front of houses of which the (mostly Jewish) residents were persecuted and mostly murdered by the National-Socialists, mention the name, date of birth and place (mostly a concentration camp) and date of death.
In many other cities and villages, 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.
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