Monday, January 21, 2013

Stolpersteine

Stolperstein literally translates as ‘stumbling stone’ and it is a small stone cube with the top sie covered in brass and etched with the name of a Jew or other victim of the Nazi regime who was deported and killed in a concentration camp. It is usually placed on the sidewalk of the house where they once lived. The dates of their deportation and death are also inscribed on the stone, following a project started by the German artist Gunter Demnig in 1994, when the first stones were placed in Cologne.
Stolperstein, stumbling block, remembering Raffaello Menasci, Livorno
Last week four Stolpersteine have been laid in three streets of Livorno.
Stolperstein, stumbling block, remembering Enrico Menasci, Livorno
Two of them are in front of the same building in Via Verdi remembering a father and his twelve year son.

See also: Not Even One Year - Perla - Isacco Bayona - Dina and Dino
External links: Stolperstein - Gunter Demnig (Wikipedia)

16 comments:

Michelle said...

A sad thing, but important not to forget.

Revrunner said...

Yep, poignant.

Robert Geiss said...

Great where alike is happening, remember back home in Hamburg to have seen a few. None over here though !

Please have a good new week.

Lois Evensen said...

So sad. It is good that they are remembered.

Vreni said...

Ce ne sono molti anche a Vienna!

Taken For Granted said...

What sad stories these markers carry, but we should never forget them. Thank you for this post.

LONDONLULU said...

Thank you for sharing this, a poignant way to remember a sad chapter in history. Your captures are beautiful.

cieldequimper said...

I do wonder why there aren't any in France. Could be lots.

Dina said...

A person's life in a few one-word lines.
Such a brilliant idea.
Your Stolpersteinen are still new and shiny clean. I wonder how the citizens of Livorno react.
I wonder how I would react, walking near one. (Still have not seen them in person.)
There are places where entire streets could be paved with such stones.

Cezar and Léia said...

Sad days...
But it is important not forget!Great post!
Léia

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Such a huge challenge for the artist VP but what a fantastic project.

brattcat said...

thank you for posting this, vp.

Birdman said...

Never forget... never.

Halcyon said...

They are also very popular in Berlin. Glad to see that they are taking hold in other cities. :)

Babzy said...

great project.. never forget ...

JM said...

I second all the comments above. This happened just 70 years ago...