Stolperstein / Stumbling stone
* Bobby Besthof, born 1926, arrested 29 August 1942, deported 1942 from Westerbork, murdered 31 March 1944, Central Europe.
Adolf Herman Besthof ("Bobby") was born in Frankfurt am Main to Alfred Besthof and Hetty Wilhelmina Besthof (nee Van Dam). He went to school in Den Haag and then lived temporarily in a number of places, including Helmond, Scheveningen and finally Enschede, where he was arrested at age 15 and sent to Westerbork. Two years later, he was murdered, with a cousin remembering (in Yad Vashem testimony) that Bobby died in Sobibor in 1942, while the Joods Monument reports he died in Central Europe in 1944.
No other information was found about his parents or about siblings, if any.
"Stolpersteine" is an art project for Europe by Gunter Demnig to commemorate victims of National Socialism (Nazism). Stolpersteine (stumbling stones) are small 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 victimís 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."
Borne was the first town in the Netherlands in which Stolpersteine were placed, on 29 November 2007.
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