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Stumbling Stones Hattinger Straße 798

These memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorate:
Horst Walter Adler (born 1926, Kindertransport England 1939)
Else Adler geb. Röttgen (born 1893, fled 1942 to France, survivor)
Alexander Adler (born 1887, murdered in Sachsenhausen in 1938)
Sophie Röttgen (born 1861, murdered in Treblinka in 1942)

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 cities, 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.

For more pictures and information, please visit Stolpersteine in Bochum (in German).

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  • Text: Fedor de Vries
  • Photos: Peter Schipper