This small brass memorial plaque (Stolperstein or stumbling stone) commemorates:
* Alfred Pepperl, born 1907, arrested 1934 for ‘high treason,’ Zwickau Prison, 1943 Criminal Division 999, died September 1944 in the Aegean Sea.
The Strafdivision 999 (Criminal Division 999) was a Sonderverband (Special Unit) of the Army of the German Wehrmacht, set up in October 1942. It belonged to a system of probation units, which placed the military penitentiary in service of the war. Both criminal and political prisoners were in the Strafdivision 999, which fought in the Balkans, Greece, and the eastern front. Alfred Pepperl died in the Aegean as a soldier in the war.
One source mentioned a Rosa Pepperl in connection with Alfred, but no further information on either of them was found.
"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."
For more information and pictures, please visit Stolpersteine Chemnitz (in German).
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