EUROPEAN SOJOURN: Stumbling stones and empty shoes (Day 14)

484Stumbling stones: In many German towns, we saw these brass plaques set among the cobblestones. These commemorate individual victims of the Nazis who used to live nearby. One tour guide told us the plaques are embedded in the pavement so that people have to bow to read them and thus honor their memory. 470

(Wikipedia: A stolperstein is a monument created by Gunter Demnig. . . They commemorate individuals – both those who died and survivors – who were consigned by the Nazis to prisons, euthanasia facilities, sterilization clinics, concentration camps, and extermination camps, as well as those who responded to persecution by emigrating or committing suicide.)









Bronzed shoes: Commemorating Jews lined up at gunpoint along Budapest’s waterfront and forced to step out of their shoes before they were gunned down, their bodies tumbling into the Danube.347

Headstones. Jewish cemetery.

All sober reminders of what was lost.




About Jessica Renshaw
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One Response to EUROPEAN SOJOURN: Stumbling stones and empty shoes (Day 14)

  1. Enoch Stansfield (Nancy too) says:

    What a sad reminder!

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