These memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorate:
Erwin Henschel (born 1923, murdered in Minsk)
Gerda Henschel (born 1927, murdered in Minsk)
Herbert Henschel (born 1921, murdered in Minsk)
Käthe Henschel (born 1923, murdered in Brandenburg)
Leopold Henschel (born 1872, murdered in Minsk)
Leopold Henschel (born 1906, murdered in Auschwitz)
Oscar Henschel (born 1926, murdered in Minsk)
Röschen Henschel (born 1890, 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