Stolpersteine project

Laying traces in public spaces was an important theme for the sculptor and conceptual artist Gunter Demnig long before the first Stolpersteine were laid. The projects “Duftmarken Cassel-Paris” (1980), “Blutspur Kassel-London” (1981), “Ariadne-Faden Kassel–Venedig” (1982), “Landschaftskonserven” (1984) and “Flaschenpost Kassel–New York” are but some examples.

In 1990, Gunter Demnig used white house paint to commemorate the deportation of 1,000 Sinti and Roma in Cologne in May 1940. He saw it as a last dress rehearsal for the later mass transportation of Jews to ghettos and concentration and extermination camps. The idea to engrave brass plates and fix them into the ground in 21 places to preserve the text “Mai 1940 – 1000 Roma und Sinti” (May 1940 – 1000 Roma and Sinti”) emerged when the paint began to fade ... read more

Stolpersteine & other memorial stones in Berlin

In May 1996, the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) organised an exhibition called “Künstler forschen nach Auschwitz“. Within its framework, Gunter Demnig laid 50 Stolpersteine in Berlin – in Oranienstrasse and Dresdner Strasse – without permission from the local authorities. Steven Robins was struck by Demnig’s chosen form of commemoration when he first saw Stolpersteine in the district of Kreuzberg as he was on the tracks of his relatives during a visit to Berlin ... read more

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