This memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine or stumbling blocks) commemorates:
Bernard Salomon van Straten (1881)
ManuŽl van Straten (1913)
Sophia van Straten - van der Sluis (1897)
All three were deported in 1943 from concentration camp Vught and subsequently killed o in death camp Sobibor in Poland. May 14, 1943 and Bernardís son ManuŽl on 9 June, 1943.
Bernard Salomon van Straten was together with his younger brother Mozes van Straten the owner of the further ahead located butcherís shop, where Mozes lived with his family. This family 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