"Stolpersteine" (stumbling blocks) Project
Since 1995, many small commemorative stones ""Stolpersteine"" by the Cologne artist Gunter Demnig have recalled the victims of National Socialist tyranny in front of their former places of residence in Hamburg. The so-called "stumbling blocks" are concrete blocks measuring 10 x 10 x 10 cm, which have brass plates on the upper side on which the biographical details of each victim are engraved.
The Hamburg resident Peter Hess brought the "Stolpersteine" project to the Hanseatic city in the summer of 2002. Since then, more than 3000 of the pavement memorial stones now draw attention to the murdered residents of Hamburg. The project is funded by sponsorships, and it has been met with a high degree of acceptance by Hamburg's residents. The project is supported by a series of history workshops and initiatives in Hamburg that specialise in researching data on victims of the region or investigating information about individual groups of victims.
In cooperation with the Institute for the History of the German Jews, the Hamburg State Office for Political Education publishes the series of books "Biographische Spurensuche" (searches for biographical traces) about the Stolpersteine in the districts of Hamburg. As a result, those murdered are made to appear before our eyes in words and images so that they will not be forgotten.
Search for "Stolpersteine" by mobile phone
Looking for "Stolpersteine in Hamburg" has been made easier thanks to a free iPhone App. Using various keywords such as street, name of the victim, district, region or the current position, the Stolpersteine can be found and displayed on a map along with the dates and biographical details of the victims that can be downloaded free of charge.