Stolpersteine in Prague

The artist Gunter Demnig remembers the victims of National Socialism by installing commemorative 10×10 cm brass plaques in the pavement in front of their last address of choice. The first Stolpertseine was laid in December 16th 1992 in front of the townhall in Cologne. There are now more than 80 000 Stolpersteine (lit. “stumbling stones or blocks”) in many European countries.

Gunter Demnig cites the Talmud saying that “a person is only forgotten when his or her name is forgotten”. The Stolpersteine in front of the buildings bring back to memory the people who once lived here. The project commemorates all victims of National Socialism, anyone who was persecuted or murdered by the Nazi regime between 1933 and 1945. The project also commemorates those who were forced by the circumstances to commit suicide. Stolpersteine can also be placed for people who were able to escape or for example the survivors of concentration camps.

Stolpersteine were first introduced to the Czech Republic on the initiative of the Jewish Youth Union in 2008. The project was then revived after two years of inactivity in 2018 by František Banyai, the Head of the Jewish Community in Prague. Since then the implementation of the Stolpersteine project in Prague is organized and supported by the Publicly Beneficial Association Supporting Persons Affected By Holocaust. The project is also kindly supported by the Foundation for Holocaust Victims. Today, František Bányai and Hermína Neuner continue to oversee the project’s extensive agenda. We are always pleased if you choose to support the Association or the Stolpersteine project with a financial donation. We are kindly supported by the Foundation For Holocaust Victims.

If possible, we install about fifty new Stolpersteine in Prague every year. At the same time we make sure that there are no losses during the reconstruction of the sidewalks. Trevor Sage, British expat residing in Prague, helps significantly with mapping and cleaning the stones. In other Czech towns, including Liberec, Olomouc, České Budějovice and Písek, other organizations are committed to the Stolpersteine project. Each first Stolpersteine in town must be arranged directly with the STIFTUNG – SPUREN – Gunter Demnig foundation (contact person is Anne Thomas at [email protected]).

We are also interested in documenting the Jewish memory on the 20th century, helping to collect the individual family stories and photographs from the family archives. We cooperate on this with Terezin Initiative Institute and the oral history collection of Jewish Museum in Prague.

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