Stumbling Stones Waisengasse 1

These memorial stones (so called Stolpersteine or stumbling blocks) commemorate:
Hildegard Bachhenheimer (murdered in Sobibor)
Ricka Hoexter (murdered in Riga)
Friedel Rothschild (murdered in Belzyce)
Rosel Grueneberg (murdered in Riga)
Guido Willinger (murdered in Sobibor)
, persecuted or murdered by the Nazis.

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 and villages, 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: Fedor de Vries
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