Stumbling Stone Johannisplatz 4

This memorial stone (so called Stolpersteine of stumbling blocks) commemorates:
* Here lived Dr. Kurt Lichtenstein, born 1884, involuntarily moved 1935 to Eibenstock, fled to Czechoslovakia 1938, committed suicide 16 October 1938, Prague.

Dr. Kurt Lichtenstein, a dentist and lover of art, lived in Chemnitz until the end of 1935. He moved to Schönau-Teplitz (CSR) in 1936. During the occupation of the border areas, he fled to Prague in October 1938 and took his own life there in the same month, "out of solidarity with his arrested wife." Elsa Lichtenstein, who was of non-Jewish origin and still lived in Saxony, had financially supported her husband "illegally." There is apparently no stolperstein for Elsa and further information on her was not found.

Stolperstein sponsors: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Dohrn-van Rossum and his wife.

The small brass plaques, in the pavement in front of houses of which the (mostly Jewish) residents were murdered by the Nazis, mention the name, date of birth and place (mostly a concentration camp) and date of death.

In many other German cities 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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