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Stumbling Stones Hammer Hof 17

These memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorate:
Edith Wolff (born 1897, murdered in Auschwitz)
Gerson Wolff (born 1940, murdered in Minsk)
Gertrud Wolff (born 1865, murdered in Theresienstadt on 17-8-1942)
Helmut Wolff (born 1892, murdered in Minsk)
Hilde Wolff (born 1903, murdered in Minsk)

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 and pictures, please visit Stolpersteine Hamburg.

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  • Text: Fedor de Vries
  • Photos: TracesOfWar.com