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Stumbling Stones Rozengracht 15

These memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorate:
Levie Messcher (born 1898, murdered in Sobibor on 21-5-1943)
Catharina Messcher-Gans (born 1898, murdered in Sobibor on 21-5-1943)
Hanna Klara Messcher (born 1938, murdered in Sobibor on 21-5-1943)
Klara Leanora Messcher (born 1939, murdered in Sobibor on 21-5-1943)

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: Maria Mosterman

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