Stones of the Vanished – Monuments at Your Feet

Here Lived Eva Sobel Born: 1928 Deported to Terezín in 1942  Murdered in Malý Trostinec in 1942
Here Lived Eva Sobel
Born: 1928
Deported to Terezín in 1942
Murdered in Malý Trostinec in 1942

It Pays to Look Down from Time to Time

Typically when we travel, we spend a lot of time looking up at things or directly at things set at eye level. Seldom do we put the same attention on things on the ground. Increasingly, across Europe, there is reason to cast an eye downward on your travels: Stolpersteine; small, cobble sized brass monuments laid in front of residences once occupied by people who fell victim to the Nazi regime during the Second World War.

Project Stolpersteine

Stolpersteine (stumbling stones), are the brainchild of German artist Gunter Demnig. The project was started in the early 2000s and thousands of these brass plated cubes have been laid in municipalities across Europe.

The stones are paid for by donations and formal installations of them can be arranged via the official project web page, which you will find a link to at the end of this entry.

Stolpersteine in the Czech Republic

At the time of writing, these stones can be found in nine localities across the Czech Republic.

In Czech, these stones are called Kameny Zmizelých (Stones of the Vanished). They are easy to miss due to their low placement and ease of which they blend in with the surrounding cobbles from any sort of distance.

Six stones covering three generations of a Brno family outside their former residence.
Six stones covering three generations of a Brno family outside their former residence.

Learning More

This is the official page of the Stolperstein Project. Here you can find everything about the project, where in Europe you can find these stones and how you can sponsor one:

http://www.stolpersteine.eu/en/home/

This is a page specific to the stones in the Czech Republic. The various towns and cities where you can find these stones in the Czech lands are fully listed at this site:

http://www.stolpersteine.cz/

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