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Stumbling Stone Weteringstraat 24

On April 14, 2022, a stumbling stone was placed here for Netta Sigmund.
Netta Sigmund fled the Nazis from Germany to the Netherlands on January 7, 1939, together with her son Ernst Sigmund and his family. She first lived with them in Bloemendaal. Ernst Sigmund had a trade in wooden toys. In 1940 she moved to 24 Weteringstraat in Haarlem. Later son Ernst moved to Bussum and she spent some time with him there again. On his way to a new hiding place he was arrested there on 28 September 1942 and deported to Auschwitz where he was murdered on 30 September 1942. Netta then went back to Haarlem.

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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