RIAS have reported the theft of a Stolperstein Jewish monument in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district of Berlin, Germany.
Stolpersteine (“stumbling blocks”) are small, cobblestone-sized, brass memorials created by artist Gunter Demnig to commemorate victims of Nazi oppression. Stolpersteine are usually installed into the ground around the area a victim lived or worked and usually include details such as the victim’’s name, date of birth, deportation and murder. Before the Holocaust, it used to be customary in Germany for non-Jews to say, on stumbling over a protruding stone, “There must be a Jew buried here.”
The stolen Stolperstein commemorates Heinrich Blumenthal, who was murdered in Auschwitz. It was installed in July 2013 and stolen on 9 November 2015, the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the pogrom against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and Austria, carried out by SA paramilitary forces and civilians.
This is the second case of vandalism of a Stolperstein in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf this year. In June a Stolperstein commemorating a victim, Nelly Friedberg, was so badly vandalized, it had to be replaced.