Monday, November 10, 2008

MyWorld Tuesday#3

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These are Stolpersteine (stumbling stones), memorials for people who were deported and killed in Nazi Germany. They are installed in front of the houses or sometimes places of work of the people and carry the name and the date and place of birth and death of the person. In some streets in Hamburg, there is one or several in front of almost every house, especially in the Grindelviertel and Eppendorf, where many Jews lived.

On the 9th of November 70 years ago, 92 Jews were murdered and thousands were deported in the biggest progrom since the Middle Ages in Germany, the Kristallnacht. Synagogues were burned down, one was standing next to the building I studied in and I have walked across the square where it used to be many times. The outline if the synagogue is made visible by differently coloured stones in the pavement as a memorial.

The Stolpersteine you see in the photo are for orphans that lived in a Jewish children's home until 1942. They were then deported to Auschwitz.

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24 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Such a sad, poignant story, but one we need to be aware of, remember and honor. Stark and beautiful photos. Thank you!

ewok1993 said...

I thought remembrances like this are necessary. I like reading the names whenever I stumble upon something like this and pray that they have joined their maker.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

This is the first I've heard of Stolpersteine, although I did know about Krisallnacht, such an infamous time in history. Thank you for this important post.

Carver said...

What a meaningful post and memorial.

Arija said...

Thank you for posting this. It is hard to write a comment with tears in my eyes.
Man's inhumanity to man, over and over again. Will it ever stop?

fishing guy said...

Jedediah: That was a sad time in the history of man and part of your world.

Yen said...

Those are kind of sad..But thanks for the share!

Posted mine, HERE. Have a great day! And thanks for the virtual travel;)

Erin said...

a very somber and interesting post of a time we should never forget. thank you for posting this.

Wren said...

Awesome, chilling, frightening, sad. Never again.

Jeanne said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. This is what I love most about participating in this group is sharing from places with so much history. How sobering it must be to walk those streets.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

I never knew about these, but what a wonderful remembrance for them all.

Louise said...

A nice, thought-provoking post. I have never seen things like this before. It is good there are memorials of specific people.

Lilli & Nevada said...

That was truly a very sad time in history

AphotoAday said...

Interesting and sobering post... Thanks for showing that...

Maria said...

What a great and important post! And what a meaningful way of showing the tragic fate of the murdered Jews through these Stolpersteine!
I think it is so important to keep that memory!
Thank you!

Ladynred said...

Interesting post and memorial.

soulbrush said...

OMG this is an amzing post, so informative. thanks and also thanks for visiting my blog.

antigoni said...

Imagine how many people died that these stones cover all this area.
It's an awesome post. It's a very teaching lesson for those who still produse wars.

mannanan said...

A perfect post today being remembrance day. Thank you for posting. I've learned something new today which I never new before. We will remember them.

Dirk said...

Wir dürfen so etwas nie vergessen. Schönes Beitrag zur My World.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

what a good way to honor ... sad the reason for it beautiful photos.

Dina said...

Stolpersteine! Das ist mir etwas neues. Gut zu wissen. Vielen Dank.

Cheryl said...

What a somber reminder, but a necessary one. Thank you for sharing these names with us. It is truly humbling.

Rambling Woods said...

My husband's mother and her siblings escaped from Germany..all the other family members were murdered...