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Stumbling Stone Gartenstraße 16

These memorial stones (Stolpersteine or stumbling blocks) commemorate:
* Meta Gottschalk née Wolff, born 1904, deported 1942 Theresienstadt, murdered 24 October 1942 Auschwitz.

Meta Gottschalk was the widow of Siegmund Gottschalk’s brother, who died before the war. Stolpersteine for Siegmund and his wife Rosa are at Hauptstraße 5 in Heek-Nienborg.

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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Source

  • Text: Fedor de Vries & Anne Palmer
  • Photos: TracesOfWar.com