These memorial-stones (so-called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorate:
Albert Zander (born 1894, murdered in Izbica)
Paula Zander (born 1891, murdered in Izbica)
Herbert Zander (born 1924, murdered in Izbica)
Ruth Zander (born 1927, murdered in Izbica)

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 information and pictures, please visit Stolpersteine Mönchengladbach (in German).

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  • Text: Fedor de Vries
  • Photos: Anneke Moerenhout