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Stumbling Stones Kevelaerer Straße 32

This memorial stone (so called Stolperstein or stumbling block) commemorates the family Koopmann, who were gassed immediately after arrival in Auschwitz on October 12th 1942.

HIER WOHNTE
PAULA KOOPMANN
GEB. BAER
JG. 1905
FLUCHT 1938 BELGIEN
INTERNIERT 7.10.1942
MECHELEN
DEPORTIERT 10.10.1942
AUSCHWITZ
ERMORDET 12.10.1942

HIER WOHNTE
MARION KOOPMANN
JG. 1930
FLUCHT 1938 BELGIEN
INTERNIERT 7.10.1942
MECHELEN
DEPORTIERT 10.10.1942
AUSCHWITZ
ERMORDET 12.10.1942

HIER WOHNTE
ROSEMARIE KOOPMANN
JG. 1932
FLUCHT 1938 BELGIEN
INTERNIERT 7.10.1942
MECHELEN
DEPORTIERT 10.10.1942
AUSCHWITZ
ERMORDET 12.10.1942

HIER WOHNTE
HEINRICH KOOPMANN
JG. 1894
FLUCHT 1938 BELGIEN
INTERNIERT 7.10.1942
MECHELEN
DEPORTIERT 10.10.1942
AUSCHWITZ
ERMORDET 12.10.1942


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 German cities 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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Source

  • Text: Fedor de Vries & TracesOfWar.nl
  • Photos: Lisa Schmidt-Herzog (1), Peter Schipper (2, 3)

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