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Stumbling Stones Am Brühl 6

These memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorate:
Günter Appel (born 1924, murdered in Majdanek)
Jakob Appel (born 1885, murdered in Majdanek)
Susanna Appel (born 1894, murdered in Auschwitz)
Albert Ortweiler (born 1855, died after imprisonment in 1938)
Lina Ortweiler (born 1866, murdered in Theresienstadt in 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: John Dunlap