Friday, March 31, 2006

Aktion "Stolpersteine"

The artist Gunter Demnig from Cologne started a project called "Stolpersteine"(stumbling blocks) to remind of the victims of the NS regime. He creates stones with a brazen plate on top, giving some information about the victim (name, birth date, date of death), and installs them where they had lived (not only in Wiesbaden but all over Germany). Since the start of the project in 1997, he has installed over 7000 stones in 130 cities.

The (colored) stones in the photo are in the Wagemann Strasse in Wiesbaden (just to the right from yesterdays photo).

Related links:
Aktion Stolpersteine (only in German so far)
Closer view of the stones

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22 Comments:

At 8:44 AM, Blogger Cold Noodle said...

beautiful grayscale...

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger chris.h. said...

great shot---and the idea is great and very moving I would imagine.

 
At 1:22 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Nice shot and interesting post

 
At 2:07 PM, Anonymous lagatta à Montréal said...

I knew about Aktion Stolperstein, but didn't know there were any in Wiesbaden. You are probably familiar with http://www.memo38.de/ - the virtual reconstruction of Wiesbaden'd beautiful Central Synagogue, destroyed in the Kristallnacht pogrom in 1938.

Nicola - 3 blogs! And web design... A busy man. But your beautiful photographs bring much pleasure.

 
At 2:25 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

cold noodle & chris & bob - thanks, I agree, it's a great idea and very much integrated in people's everyday life! It's not a place you have to got to but you pass by everyday...

lagatta - thanks for the link! It's a very nice way to show the reconstruction of the synagogue! Btw, I'm female, and yes, I cannot complain about not having enough to do ;D...

 
At 3:15 PM, Anonymous grainofsand said...

Interesting information and the grey scale fits well.

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger Cynthia! said...

that´s really intersting!! Way better than memorials...and the choice of b&w is right on the spot!!

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger Vancouver Daily Photo said...

This is the first time I have heard of this project. What a great person!

 
At 5:06 PM, Blogger Wolf said...

Interesting stuff! Very nice job on this photo!

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger Lawrence of St Kilda said...

That is a very moving concept; and also noble that the municipality enables it too. Nice shots.

 
At 5:44 PM, Blogger luminlight said...

What an interesting way to commemorate those from the past.

 
At 8:34 PM, Blogger Sam said...

I love the history behind the picture - thanks for posting this!

 
At 10:40 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

How interesting....I love to learn new things every day... thanks...

 
At 11:43 PM, Blogger Dia said...

Thats so interesting, its very nice you always combine your photos with very interesting info :)

 
At 12:05 AM, Blogger Carlos said...

Nice information I wonder if i can find golden coblestones here in Barcelona.

 
At 4:00 AM, Anonymous pixibition said...

interesting place...i like the perspective of the building and look great in bw:-)

 
At 4:36 AM, Blogger Denton said...

Very moving photo and explanation. Thank you for posting it.

 
At 8:05 AM, Blogger Nicola said...

Thank you all so much for your feedback!! The more you said it the more I was happy that I chose b&w for this photo - just seemed to fit the occasion extremely well and it also enabled me to highlight the stones which otherwise wouldn't really have stand out that much.

lawrence of st. kilda - the municipalities were actually proud to support this project. What I didn't explain so far is that each stone also has a "godfather/godmother"!

dia - thanks! I love to tell the stories about the photos (I guess, you can tell ;D)...

carlos - I've only heard about it in Germany so far. Keep your eyes open, maybe you'll find some as well!

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger Karine said...

I'm only seeing this posting today Saturday and I have to say what a beautiful and touching posting. This is a great initiative to remember the victims from that time. Great posting Nicola!

 
At 10:43 AM, Blogger Grant F said...

great way to commemorate the victims and make sure we don't forget the past. great photo nicola!

 
At 5:31 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

Thanks Karine & Grant for your great feedback!

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger Michael Blamey said...

A very thought provoking idea and post

 

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