Stumbling Stones in Huenfeld - In Remembrance of the Holocaust Victims

Hünfeld, HE, Germany
Distance: 1 km
by Elisabeth Sternberg-Siebert

Stumbling Stones in Huenfeld - In Remembrance of the Holocaust Victims - Cya On The Road

ONE STONE – ONE NAME – ONE PERSONOn the initative of the student Bastian Nitzschke 14 „Stolpersteine“ (stumbling stones) in remembrance of Jewish Holocaust victims were installed in Huenfeld in October 2009.A stolperstein is a cobblestone-size (10 by 10 centimetres (3.9 in × 3.9 in) concrete bearing a brass plate inscribed with the name and life dates of victims of Nazi extermination or persecution. The majority of stolpersteine commemorate Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Others have been placed for Sinti and Romani people (then also called "gypsies"), homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, black people, members of the Christian opposition (both Protestants and Catholics), Freemasons, the Communist Party and the European anti Nazi Resistance, military deserters, and the physically or mentally disabled.The stolperstein art project was initiated by the German artist and teacher Gunter Demnig in 1992, and is still ongoing.The installation of the stumbling stones in Huenfeld did Mr. Demnig in person in front of the former houses oft the victims.Our commemoration turned to those who lived in Huenfeld in the 1930s and became victims oft the Holocaust. Either they were deported from Huenfeld directly or from an other posterior place where they tried to go underground as for instance Fulda or Frankfurt on Main.The biographies of these families were researched by Elisabeth Sternberg-Siebert for her books  "Jüdisches Leben im Hünfelder Land" (Jewish life in the area of Huenfeld) and it formed the basis for this project stumbling stones in Huenfeld.The question is: Who were they, the Huenfeld Jews? Partially their ancestors lived in this region for hundreds of years. They were not different to us  –  they did their jobs, celebrated,  educated their children and claimed responsibility in civil society. And they cared for good neighbourhood to the non Jewish people too. The only one difference was their religion.Because of this single one difference they were bullied - deprived of their rights - put to flight - murdered.As a sign that we don’t forget,  these stumbling stones were firmly fixed in the streets.On your walk through the town we want to make the stones so to speak – by written and spoken texts as well as pictures.„You don’t fall down, you are stumbling with your head and with your heart“ Stolpersteine in Burghaun - Website    

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