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Stumbling Stones Pijntorenstraat 20

On March 3, 2022, a stumbling block was laid here for Gabriel Jacobs, his wife Alice Elkan Riwka Jacobs-Marcus and their son Herman Max. Gabriel Jacobs was a religious educator and secretary of the Ned. Israelite Congregation in Haarlem in the Municipal Building in the Lange Wijngaardstraat, secretary of the Joles Hospital, assistant cantor, ritual slaughterer, leader of the youth synagogue and caretaker for the dead.
His wife Alice Elkan Riwka was also active in the Haarlem Jewish community as a security guard at the church bath. As such, she took care of the ritual baths in the Community House in Lange Wijngaardstraat. She was an office clerk by profession.
Their son Herman Max is only 8 years old. The couple's other two children survived the war.

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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  • Text: TracesOfWar en Stichting Struikelstenen Haarlem
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