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Stumbling Stone Hussitenstraße 7-8b

This small, brass memorial plaque (Stolperstein or stumbling stone) commemorates:

* Konrad Behrendt, born 1902, arrested 1935, Luckau penitentiary, dead 20 May 1943.

Konrad Behrendt was a baker who joined a trade union in the early 1920s and then joined the Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands (KPD), which he served as a city councilor, 1929-1933. His employer was the Berlin public transportation company (BVG). In 1932 he joined the Revolutionary Union Opposition (RGO), which organized a strike BVG, and he was dismissed from his job because of his key role in that strike. Then, along with many other communists and other perceived opponents of Hitler, he was arrested on 28 February 1933. After his release in September, he continued his RGO work even though the organization had been banned. A new arrest in 1935 led to an 8-year sentence starting in April 1936. Seven years later, he died in the prison infirmary. The stated cause of death was pulmonary tuberculosis.

The small brass plaques, in the pavement in front of houses of which the (mostly Jewish) residents were persecuted and mostly murdered by the National-Socialists, 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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