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(Un)Forgotten Neighbors: Holocaust Memorial Stones in a Well-Known German Small Town
April 3 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
On Wednesday, April 3, Wittenberg University will host (Un)Forgotten Neighbors: Holocaust Memorial Stones in a Well-Known German Small Town, a presentation on the Stolpersteine/Stumbling Stones Project and its impact on the town of Lutherstadt Wittenberg.
The Stolpersteine, literally translated as stumbling stones, is a public art project of German artist Gunter Demnig that memorializes victims of the Holocaust by placing four-inch square brass markers in front of their former homes. As of October 2018, 70,000 Stolpersteine had been laid in 24 European countries, making the Stolpersteine the largest decentralized memorial in the world.
Presenters Mario Dittrich, a publisher, and Reinhard Pester, a child survivor of the Holocaust, co-founded Initiative Stolpersteine Wittenberg as a way of ensuring that the young people and visitors to Lutherstadt Wittenberg could learn the stories of the fate of the 30 Jewish inhabitants memorialized by the Stolpersteine in their town. Their April 3 presentation will take place at 6:15 p.m. in Shouvlin Hall, Room 105, on the campus of Wittenberg University in Springfield. A light dinner will be provided.
You can learn more about the Stolpersteine at http://www.stolpersteine.eu/en/home/