These memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorate:
Curt (Kurt) Cohen (born 1930, murdered in Minsk)
Edith Mirjam Cohen (born 1936, murdered in Minsk)
Ellen Cohen (born 1926, murdered in Minsk)
Hermann Cohen (born 1928, murdered in Minsk)
Max Cohen (born 1934, murdered in Minsk)
Meta Cohen (born 1902, 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