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Stumbling Stones Waaldijk 44

This memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine or stumbling blocks) commemorates:

Mozes van Straten (1891)
ManuŽl van Straten (1930)
Jeanette van Straten-Blijdenstijn (1892)

All three were deported in 1943 from concentration camp Vught and subsequently killed on May 28,1943 in death camp Sobibor in Poland.

On this address the family lived and it was also the location of the butcher's shop of Mozes van Straten and his older brother Bernard Salomon van Straten. On the front of the building an inscription of this is still visible. The family of Bernard was also deported and killed in Sobibor.

The small copper plaques, in the pavement in front of houses of which the (mostly Jewish) residents were 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: Kevin Prenger
  • Photos: Kevin Prenger