This small, brass memorial plaque (stolperstein, struikelsteen, or stumbling stone) commemorates:
* Elisabeth Barkelau, born 1900, murdered 26 March 1943, Sobibor.
Elisabeth Barkelau was born in Vlissingen in the Netherlands. From the records seen, she did not marry and had no children. She worked as a shopkeeper. A newspaper notice by her father states that the Red Cross informed him that Elisabeth had been "vergast" in Sobibor on 26 March 1943. It is probable that she was on the 4th of 19 transports from Westerbork transit camp to Sobibor. That train left Westerbork on 23 March with 1,250 men, women, and children. None survived.
This stolperstein for Elisabeth Barkelau was installed in July 2017.
"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 victim’s with the 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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