These memorial stone (so called Stolperstein of stumbling block) commemorates:
René Lucien COILLIAUX
French prisoner of war who worked as a forced laborer on the Staatsbrug.
The small brass 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.
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- Text: Marie-Christine Vinck
- Photos: Marie-Christine Vinck