I attended the laying of two Stolpersteine – “stumbling blocks’ – yesterday morning on a cold wet day that was a friend to no-one and which seemed more than appropriate for the occasion.
Sisters Miriam, Naomi and Eva together with Lisa, Eva’s daughter and their families were present at the ceremony in front of Kaiserstrasse 24, the last residence of Simon and Juliana Gaertner, their grandparents respectively great-grandparents.
A very moving moment as artist and project initiator Gunter Demnig set the concrete cubes with their brass covers in the pavement. (The initiative has grown to over 48,000 in 18 countries in Europe, making it the world’s largest memorial.
We all know the number “6 million” – the Jews murdered by the Nazi regime.
It’s a number that you can’t comprehend
After today, I look at it as being 2 old people.
Murdered 3 million times.
Here’s Naomi talking to Public Radio International’s Marco Werman:
Very poignant, JB.