List of pages in English

  • "A person is only then forgotten once his name has been forgotten" (the artist Gunter Demnig)       on this page
  • More Stolpersteine in Kassel (2013) (Martha Wurr and son Helmut Wurr)                                    below on this page
  • Where can I find Stolpersteine in Kassel                                                       click here 
  • On the track of child victims                                                                          click here
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"A person is only then forgotten once his name has been forgotten"

Gunter Demnig mit Hut
Gunter Demnig (Foto von Karin Richert)

It is the artist Gunter Demnig's goal to give back to the victims of the Nazi era throughout Europe their names. The victims were Jews, Sinti and Roma, politically persecuted, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, and other victims of euthanasia.

 

Returning the names: the victim's name, dates of birth and death, and fates are engraved onto a 10cm x10cm brass plate which is attached to a cement block called a Stolperstein which is the German word for stumbling block. Each victim receives his individual stone. Thus the identity and the fate become visible. This memorial stone is anchored into the sidewalk, so as to be level with the sidewalk, in front of the victim's last freely chosen residence. Thus the stone is a reminder of the victim and his fate in the daily life of the passerby.

 

Gunter Demnig, a sculptor from Cologne, Germany, founded this art project. Since the beginning of the project, he has lain more than 40,000 such Stolpersteine in ca. 1000 cities and villages throughout Europe with the support of local initiative groups. He states: "each stone symbolizes the entirety of all of the victims because it is impossible to lay those stones needed for every single victim."

Stolpersteine Ehepaar Oppenheim
Photos of Stolpersteine that were laid for the Oppenheim married couple

An outstanding aspect about the Stolperstein art project is that one unexpectedly comes across, or stumbles across, the shiny brass plates while walking down a street. Curious to learn what is engraved on the stone results that one bends down to read the briefly inscribed biography.

Photos formerly belonging to Regina D. Schiff
Fotos aus dem Nachlass (Regina D. Schiff)

The memorial stones are placed in front of the last freely chosen home of the victim, usually into the sidewalk. Stolperstein translates into English as stumbling block, but in reality they are even with the pavement. Nonetheless the person "stumbles" onto them and his thoughts then wander about thinking about the person whose name is engraved on the stone.


More Stolpersteine in Kassel

 

will be lain soon at the spot where the Market Lane (Marktgasse) was once to be found as it can be seen on the postcard. Some of the people who once lived there were victims of the Nazi terror before the bombs destroyed this area.

 

Among these prior victims were Helmuth Wurr and his mother Martha Wurr, née Lewald, who lived at Market Lane 23 until 1940. Martha Wurr was a concert and opera singer who needed to work as a dishwasher in cafés in Kassel after her husband's death. Due to her contacts to a nazi official she caught the attention of nazi law officials. She was detained in the concentration camps Breitenau and Ravensbrück before being murdered in the Bernburg death camp. Her son Helmuth, who thus became an orphan, was then placed into so-called child care services and then became one of 40 murdered victims of the Hademar Mönchsberg orphanage. He lived to be 10 years old.

 

 

Please check out our website (under current information and schedule) in order to learn which victims we plan to memorialize and where the respective Stolpersteine shall be lain.

 

(translated by B. Bahr 2013)

 

 

Die Ziele des Vereins

TERMINE 2017

Veranstaltungen der VHS, bei der wir Kooperationspartner sind

23.11.17 - 19.30 Uhr

Vortrag von Jens Fleming

Die Ministerialbürokratie und die Judenmörder

5 €

24.11.17 - 17.00 Uhr

Filmvorführung

Die Wannseekonferenz

 

30.11.17 - 19.30 Uhr

Vortrag von Gunnar Richter

Die Chefs der Kasseler Gestapo

5 €

 

7.12.17

Buchvorstellung

An Frieda Sichel und ihre Familie erinnern vier Stolpersteine. Sie selbst schrieb 1976 mit "Challenge of the Past" ihre Lebenserinnerungen. Mehr als 40 Jahre später erscheinen diese nun endlich erstmals auf Deutsch im Verlag Hentrich & Hentrich - herausgegeben vom Archiv der deutschen Frauenbewegung und Wolfgang Matthäus von Stolpersteine in Kassel e. V.:

Frieda Sichel, Die Herausforderung der Vergangenheit

Wir stellen das neue Buch vor.

 

7.12.17  19:00 Uhr

Kirche im Hof

Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 102

Teilnahme kostenlos

 

2018

 

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