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Stumbling Stones Wassenberghstraat 53 B

Here lived:

Regina Krammer - Günsberger
Born: 7 November 1907 in Deutschkreuz (Austria)
Deported to Westerbork: 3 October 1942
Murdered: 26 October 1942 in Auschwitz

Rita Krammer
Born: 5 January 1935 in Groningen (the Netherlands)
Deported to Westerbork: 3 October 1942
Murdered: 26 October 1942 in Auschwitz

Sandor Joachim Krammer
Born: 15 March 1937 in Groningen (the Netherlands)
Deported to Westerbork on 3 October 1942
Murdered: 26 October 1942 in Auschwitz

Regina Günsberger, called Ginie and the youngest child of a large family, married Jacob Krammer when she wa 27. They moved to this Wassenberghstraat 53B in June 1934. The next year daughter Rita Krammer was born, and two years after that came their son, Sandor Joachim Krammer. After the war, a formerplaymate of Rita’s remembered playing with Rita and Sandor in the evenings in 1941/1942. In July of 1942, Jacob was taken to a work camp in Kloosterhaar near Hardenberg. Regina and the two children remained home but were all taken to Westerbork three months later on 3 October. From there the three were taken to Auschwitz and murdered on the same day. Rita was 7 years old, Sandor 5.

Jacob Krammer escaped from the work camp and went into hiding until the end of the war. Only then did he learn about his wife and children. He died in Groningen in 1987.

"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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