The Stolpersteine Project

A worldwide remembrance           photograph by Kadir Celep

As we approach Holocaust Memorial Day, below is a link to a Facebook video of a special act of remembrance in Münster, York’s twin town, in May last year. May 8th is Tag der Befreiung or Liberation Day and to mark the anniversary of the end of WWII, people in Münster including school children and Amnesty International members clean the brass memorial plaques, known as Stolpersteine (stumble stones) set in the town's pavements.

The Stolpersteine Project to commemorate victims of the Nazi period (Jews, gays, Roma, political prisoners, those with disabilities, Jehovah's Witnesses, conscientious objectors and so on). It was begun in 1992 by the Cologne artist Gunter Demnig. Each "stone", 10cm square and inscribed with the name, date of birth and place and date of death, is set in front of the person's last home or place of work. In Münster there are over 270. What started as a national German project now has an international reach over Europe; in 2019 there were over 80,000 Stolpersteine in 1,600 cities, towns and villages in 26 countries. As the video says: we must never forget.