Stumbling Stones Burgemeester van Heemstralaan 1

These memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorate Sara Julia Gerson and her daughter Ursula, murdered or disappeared in Auschwitz.

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. All Stolpersteine in Hattem are laid by the German artist himself, Gunter Demnig.

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  • Text: Edwin van der Wolf
  • Photos: Keje van der Wolf