These memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorate:
Arnošt Spitz (born 1896, murdered in Dachau op 18-1-1945)
Anna Spitzová (born 1902, murdered in Auschwitz)
Sonja Spitzová (born 1931, murdered in Auschwitz)
The small brass plaques, in the pavement in front of houses of which the (mostly Jewish) residents were persecuted or 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 about Stolpersteine in Prague and pictures, please visit Stolpersteine Czech Republic.
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- Text: Fedor de Vries
- Photos: TracesOfWar.com