These memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorate:
Max Kahn (born 1904, escape to Peru 1933)
Martha Kahn (born 1910, escape to Peru 1936)
Flora Kahn (born 1880, escape to Peru 1936)
Eva Schonfeld (born 1870, murdered in Auschwitz 27-11-1942)
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: Fedor de Vries
- Photos: Johan Tjallingii