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Stumbling Stones Hussitenstraße 6

These small, brass memorial plaques (Stolpersteine or stumbling stones) commemorate:

* Max Meyer Finkelstein, born 1871, deported 25 January 1942, murdered in Riga.
* Hermann Finkelstein, born 1899, deported 3 March 1943, murdered in Auschwitz.
* Marta Finkelstein née Balschowski, born 1875, deported 25 January 1942, murdered in Riga.

Little information was found about the lives of Max Meyer Finkelstein, a merchant, his wife Marta, and their son Hermann. Their daughter Miriam, who survived, wrote that Hermann was not married. The German Federal Archives records show that Max and Marta had died in Theresienstadt, while the Free University of Berlin database shows their place of death in Riga. Riga is more consistent with the date of deportation.

On 25 January 1942, a train left Berlin with 1,021-1,044 deportees packed into freight cars. During the 5-day winter journey, many deportees froze to death. On arrival outside Riga, some deportees, especially the elderly, were murdered immediately – suffocated in gas trucks or shot in the Rumbula forest. Researchers have estimated that ony 6-13 of the persons on this transport survived the war.

"Stolpersteine" is an art project for Europe by Gunter Demnig to commemorate victims of National Socialism (Nazism). Stolpersteine (stumbling stones) are small, 10x10cm brass plaques placed in the pavement in front of the last voluntary residence of (mostly Jewish) victims who were murdered by the Nazis. Each plaque is engraved with the victim’s name, date of birth, and place (mostly a concentration camp) and date of death. By doing this, Gunter Demnig gives an individual memorial to each victim. One stone, one name, one person. He cites the Talmud: "A human being is forgotten only when his or her name is forgotten."

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