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Stumbling Stones Maastrichterlaan 183 (previously 153)

From the house at Maastrichterlaan 153 in Vaals are Adolf Adler, born in 1866 and Hortense Adler-Blum, born in 1876, deported in 1942 and murdered on 23 July 1943 in Sobibor.
By reconstruction of the street are the Stolpersteine ​​temporarily removed. According to the present residents they come back into the pavement for the house placed.


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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  • Text: TracesOfWar.com
  • Photos: Arjan Vrieze