Stolpersteine Ceremony

Last week I was privileged to attend a Stolpersteine Ceremony in the town of Olomouc in Czech Republic (3 hours from Prague). I was very honored to be invited to this important memorial by my friend, Jill Meron. Jill had only started researching her family in Czech Republic a little over a year ago and was able to give some closure to her relatives that had been victims of the Holocaust. It was especially poignant that all of her children were present at this ceremony.

Stolpersteine is literally a ‘stumbling stone’ inscribed with the name and life dates of victims of Nazi extermination or persecution. They are placed in front of the last known residence of the victims.

‘When Jewish cemeteries were destroyed throughout Nazi Germany, the gravestones were often repurposed as sidewalk paving stones. The desecration of the memory of the dead was implicitly intended, as people had to walk on the gravestones and tread on the inscriptions. The Stolpersteine provocatively hint at this act of desecration, as they lack any kind of defense against new acts of shame. While the art project thus intends to keep alive the memory, implying that improper acts could easily happen again, the intentional lack of defense against potential desecration also created criticism and concern.’ Wikipedia

It deeply saddens and angers me today that only a week after this remembrance of the Holocaust atrocity there was a shooting at a Synagogue in San Diego where I lived for many years. Seventy four years ago is not such a distant history and it horrifies me that there is still a constant threat to many people dear to me.

When I go to my Crossfit Gym I am always thoughtful of the Jewish Deportations to concentration camps by this memorial of the train tracks from that dark period. For more about this https://www.radio.cz/en/section/in-focus/bubny-train-station-saw-darkest-moments-of-pragues-history




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  1. praguebonnie says:

    Loved reading your account of that very special experience in Olomouc. It also inspired me to actually put my butt in the chair and write the poem that’s been rattling around in my head about the Stolpersteins. Thanks!

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  2. The city of Pulheim denied permission to pose a Stolperstein for 12 year old Ilse Moses, who was deported from Pulheim and murdered by the Nazi regime. The majority in the city council, CDU and FDP, opposed the project and prevented it.

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    1. That is horrible. I hope that the people keep trying to get it done for Lise Moses.

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