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Stumbling Stones Westzijde 262

These memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorate:
Geertruida Regina van Rhijn (born 1887, murdered in Auschwitz on 17-9-1942)
Marcus Louis Polak (born 1884, murdered in Auschwitz on 17-9-1942)

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.

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  • Text: Fedor de Vries
  • Photos: Dick de Bruijne (1) Lammert Melk (2,3,4,5)

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