No freedom to avoid confrontation with holocaust

Published by carolyn on Tue, 2017-04-04 22:14

These are stolpersteines (literal meaning: stumbling stone or stunbling block), concrete cubes bearing a brass plate inscribed with the name and life dates of of those thought to be deported by the Nazis. There are thousands of them in European streets.

By Carolyn Yeager

A COUPLE IN THE NETHERLANDS BROUGHT MORE ATTENTION ONTO THEMSELVES than they wanted when they sought to have a Holocaust memorial plaque removed from the street in front of their house. The plaque was in the form of a brass-covered cobblestone with the name of an an alleged holocaust victim, Joachim Elte, who had lived in their house when he was arrested and deported in 1943.

The couple said the cobblestone violated their privacy because they were reminded of death every time they stepped out their front door. They also said they had a child who died and the stone was an “upsetting” reminder of that event.