Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Stolpersteine

When walking around Hamburg, chances are pretty good that you will come across little square gold blocks. It is easy to miss them, but once I figured out what they were, we started seeing them all over. These are called Stolpersteine (I had to google this, its an expression meaning stumbling blocks, or obstacles), and are the work of a German artisit. Each block commemorates a Jewish person that lived at a house, or what used to be a house, in front of the block during WWII. The one I took a picture of shows that a family named Bezen lived here, and when they were born, when they were deported from Germany, where they ended up (Lodz was a concentration camp in Poland), and what happened to them ("murdered"). Crazy.


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