holocaust memorial plaques: are munich's 'stumbling stones' a tribute to the nazi's victims – or an insult? - outdoor brass name plates

by:ShunDing     2019-12-06
holocaust memorial plaques: are munich\'s \'stumbling stones\' a tribute to the nazi\'s victims – or an insult?  -  outdoor brass name plates
MUNICH-The capital of the once infamous Nazi movement-has been embroiled in a fierce row over Holocaust remembrance, which the city insists on banning memorial plaques because of opposition from a Jewish community leader.
There are thousands of Stolpersteine (
"Stumbling block ")across Europe.
Invented by German artist Gunter Demnig in 1996, the cobblestone-sized brass plate was sunk on the sidewalk outside the door of the Holocaust victim's home, whose name was theirs.
But after a heated debate on the issue this week, Munich's Conservatives --
The city council, voted by most people, continues 11-
After the opposition of Munich's Israeli cultural community president Charlotte knolbroch, they were banned this year (IKG).
The 82-year-old MS, a former chairman of the German Jewish Central Committee, has repeatedly argued that despite such intentions, stumbling blocks have violated the memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
"People who were murdered in the Holocaust should get something better than dust, street dirt, and worse, dirty things," she said . ".
Although Germany's current Jewish central committee supports the concept of stumbling blocks, her views have not been answered, and the Parliament on the black market in Germany has decided to stick to the ban.
"We can't ignore the IKG view," insisted Alexander resell, leader of the Social Democratic group in the city council.
But focus
Camp survivors and families of the victims said they would start legal proceedings to overturn the ban.
American Terry Swartzberg, who has lived in Munich for 30 years, is an avid supporter of stumbling blocks and has recently organized a petition against the ban, signed by 80,000 residents.
"The decision of the City Council is a shame," he told The Independent . ".
"It's an arrogant exercise and a bad day for democracy.
Munich 10,000-
By 1944, there were seven strong Jewish communities.
It is only in the private garden that one of the few brass stumbling blocks in the city can be found, where they are hidden outside the public view.
In the compromise, the council agreed to allow the installation of plaques on walls in buildings that had been inhabited by victims of the Holocaust.
However, the struggle for stumbling block consent will certainly continue.
Mr. Demnig started his project in 2000 to commemorate the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, as well as the Sinti and Roman Gypsy, gay people, Jehovah's Witnesses, black people, Christians, communists and disabled people slaughtered by the Nazis
By last November, 16 European countries had more than 48,000 stumbling blocks.
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