JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (Germany) Munich Bans Stolperstine (Holocaust) Plaques #general

Jan Meisels Allen

"Stolpersteine", "stumbling blocks" were created by Gunter Deming and are
small, cobblestone-sized memorials for individual Holocaust victims- and
survivors. The stones are placed in front of the former home of a Holocaust
victim. There about 50,000 in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.

Earlier this week. Munich's City Council rejected the plan to have
Stolpersteine placed on Munich streets. The city of Munich has banned the
memorial plaques despite a long campaign to persuade the city to face up to
its past. Munich is the city where the Nazi party was founded. Munich lost
its entire Jewish community in WW 11, about 10,000 people. The "official"
reason given for rejecting the plan was the language used to describe the
victims on the plaques and the idea of their names being walked on
underfoot. Instead the politicians prefer allowing signs on buildings where
relatives of the victim request a memorial and the owner of the building
consents-not an easy task. There was a petition with 79,000 signatures of
Munich residents supporting the Stolpersteine project.

Every other major German city and 18 other countries have allowed the small
memorial plaques to be placed in public pavements.

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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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