Brian Divelbiss Photography
Jewish stumbling blocks (Stolpersteine) in cobblestone street of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.



A sobering reminder of the terror of the Nazi regime, these 'stumbling stones' are concrete cubes bearing brass plates inscribed with the name and life dates of victims of Nazi extermination or persecution. The Stolpersteine project, initiated by the German artist Gunter Demnig in 1992, aims to commemorate individuals at exactly the last place of residency—or, sometimes, work—which was freely chosen by the person before he or she fell victim to Nazi terror, euthanasia, eugenics, deportation to a concentration or extermination camp, or escaped persecution by emigration or suicide. As of December 2019, 75,000 Stolpersteine have been laid, making the this project the world's largest decentralized memorial. Photo © copyright by Brian Divelbiss.

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