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Stumbling Stones Dokter Heijptstraat 17

These memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorate Blondina Hirschel, Rosetta Hirschel van Nierop en Simone Jose van Nierop.

Widow Hirschel- van Nierop and her two daughters were put on transport to transit camp Westerbork on August 28th 1942. From this camp, they immediately were put on transport to Auschwitz where they were gassed immediately upon arrival. This happened just seven days after they had received a letter that they had to report for transport to Westerbork.


The German artist Gunter Demnig started placing the first Stolpersteine in 1997 in the Berlin's Kreuzberg district.
Meanwhile there are Stolpersteine in many countries.
It reminds the Holocaust in World War II.
A Stolperstein is a concrete stone of 10 x 10cm, with a brass plate on top, in which the name, date of birth and decease and also place of decease is punched into.
The Stolperstein gets a place in the pavement in front of the former house of the victim.
By doing this, Gunter Demnig gives a private memorial to each victim. His motto is: 'A HUMAN BEING IS FORGOTTEN ONLY WHEN HIS OR HER NAME IS FORGOTTEN'.

Borne was the first town in the Netherlands in which Stolpersteine were placed. This happened the 29-11-2007.

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  • Photos: Ja Taheij