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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Stumbling Stones

"Stumbling Stones" is an art project started by German artist, Guten Demneck. These stones are found all over Berlin in front of former homes inhabited by Jewish families who perished during the Shoah.
The first line: Hier Wonte means Here Lived. The next line is the name of the individual who died, then the year he or she was deported, where, and lastly the year the person was murdered.
These mini plaques are slightly raised in order for pedestrians to "stumble" and look down. These particular stones were outside of trendy boutiques, which once housed this family of five. It certainly is a paradox...Berlin is full of contrasting themes, which have made me "stumble" and pause.

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