Monday, November 10, 2008
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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