(Germany) Stolpersteine Stones Begin Being Removed in Munich #general


Jan Meisels Allen
 

Munich, Germany has begun installing new Holocaust memorials to replace the
brass Stolpersteine cobblestone reminders of the Nazi victims. The new
memorials are being installed with new plaques and steles (upright slab or
pillar serving as a monument). The memorial displays a picture of the person
and the details of their lives and persecution they suffered by the Nazis.
This follows a Bavarian Supreme Court ruling last December which backed the
city's 2015 decision to replace the cobblestones over claims they were
disrespectful. When completed there should be 10,000 people >from Munich who
are commemorated. A petition calling for their removal garnered over 100,000
signatures.

Stolpersteine "Stumbling Blocks" were placed in front of the homes where the
victims lived or their workplace.. Some believe the stones are
"disrespectful" because they get walked on and get dirty. Others believe it
is a fitting memorial. Still others do not want plaques on their walls or in
front of their homes. The Stolpersteine stones exist in more than 1,000
places in Europe. German artist Gunter Deming created the Stolpersteine and
he has many supporters in Germany and outside of Germany.

To read more see: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44979359. There is a
video of someone preserving the Stoplersteine embedded to this article.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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