Category: Jewish Berlin

Stolpersteine: Personalising The Void

[caption id="attachment_6526" align="alignnone" width="900"] Morduch & Frieda Raichlin, born in Russia, deported and murdered in Sachsenhausen & Riga[/caption] In our latest blog post, Berlin Experiences co-founder Olivia discusses how one of Berlin's most important memorial projects succeeds in making the personal tragedies of the Holocaust more relatable: - When I first travelled to Berlin, I discovered a subtle yet deeply affecting memorial for the victims of the Holocaust - the Stolpersteine. Translated, the word means ‘stumble stones’ - small brass plaques hammered into the city’s pavements that serve to personalise the victims of Germany's Nazi past. Not long after this I returned to Berlin to live and would stumble across these Stolpersteine with their haunting 'Hier Wohnte...' (Here lived...) inscriptions everywhere. Mostly in groups of two or three outside office and apartment buildings. However, it was only when I moved to the 'Kiez' (Neighbourhood) of Kreuzberg that they would become…