The Economist’s sister publication Intelligent Life has a fascinating article about stolpersteine, stepping stones memorializing those murdered in the Holocaust with stones placed in the pavement in the neighborhoods where they last lived. Artist Gunter Demnig has been laying the stones, each wrought by hand, since 1996. Each is handmade, he says, because “any form of mass-manufacturing would remind him of the mechanized and bureaucratic murder at Auschwitz.” His work has even earned him three death threats, proof that he must be doing something right.
It’s a fascinating read, and an even more fascinating memorial to view, with thousands of his brass plates embedded in streets throughout Germany. Just something to keep in mind on your next visit.