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Stumbling Stones Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 30

These Stolpersteine / stumbling stones commemorate:
* Marie Perls née Reissner, born 1873, deported 1942 Theresienstadt, dead 5 October 1942.
* Martin Reissner, born 1882, deported 1942, Warsaw Ghetto, ??? [fate unknown].
* Fredericke Reissner née Cohn, born 1875, deported 1942, Warsaw Ghetto, ???.

Marie Perls was the only child of David and Hulda Reissner. Her mother died at age 21, less than 3 months after Marie was born. Marie later married a physician, Dr Wilhelm Perls, who died in 1930. She was deported from Berlin to Theresienstadt in July 1942 and was killed less than 3 months later. Their daughter, Dr Elsa Emma Perls, escaped to England where she was also a physician.

Marie’s father, David Reissner, later married Jenny Lisser (1849-1937). He built the house at Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 30 in 1908/1909. His initials can still be seen in the wrought iron balcony railing. He and Jenny had four sons, two of whom died before WW2.

Son Martin Reissner married Fredericke Cohn. Their own son, Arthur Joachim Reissner, born in 1914, escaped to Brazil and later went to the US where he died at age 89.

Note regarding an inconsistency of information. The stolpersteine for both Martin and Fredericke shows them deported to the Warsaw Ghetto, while the Yad Vashem database shows both being deported on 28 March 1942 to the Piaski Ghetto and being "murdered" with no information on place or date. A third source ( shows Martin killed in the Warsaw Ghetto and Fredericke killed in the Piaski Ghetto. The two cities are about 200 km apart.

"Stolpersteine" is an art project for Europe by Gunter Demnig to commemorate victims of National Socialism (Nazism). Stolpersteine (stumbling stones) are small, 10x10cm brass plaques placed in the pavement in front of the last voluntary residence of (mostly Jewish) victims who were murdered by the Nazis. Each plaque is engraved with the victim’s name, date of birth, and place (mostly a concentration camp) and date of death. By doing this, Gunter Demnig gives an individual memorial to each victim. One stone, one name, one person. He cites the Talmud: "A human being is forgotten only when his or her name is forgotten."

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