These memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorate:
Adolf Humberg (born 1879, murdered in Auschwitz)
Alex Cohn (born 1859, murdered on 12-12-1938)
Julie Humberg (born 1875, murdered in Theresienstadt on 23-12-1942)
Adolf and Julie's daughter Johanna Meyer nee Humberg, escaped to Britain and was reunited eventually with her husband Leo. Their daughter Nanette was born in North Wales 1943.
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.
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- Text: Fedor de Vries
- Photos: TracesOfWar.com