Stolpersteine (Stumbling Stones) are 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm stone blocks on which a brass plate has been affixed. The names and statistical data of people who were persecuted and murdered during the national socialistic (Nazi) period are engraved on the brass plates.
“The victim is given back his name on the Stumbling Stone, every victim receives his own stone – his identity and his fate, as well as is known, can be read. The commemorative stone, placed in front of his house, shall bring his memory into our daily lives. Each individual stone also symbolizes all of the victims since it is not feasible to lay all of the stones that should be laid.” (Gunter Demnig)
Thus far Gunter Demnig has laid more than 100.000 Stolpersteine in more than 1.200 german cities and communities as well as in 24 further european countries. In October 2005 he was honored by being given the German Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz).
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