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Antwerp to get Stolpersteine

Stolpersteine, pavement stones commemorating a victim of the Holocaust, will be placed in Antwerp soon.  The stones signpost a house where a victim of the Holocaust once lived.  Initially part of Antwerp's Jewish community and the city authorities were against this form of commemoration.

Stolpersteine were conceived by the German artist Gunter Demnig.  They have appeared in pavements across Europe.  In Antwerp some people were very unhappy that the stones could not be placed here.  Part of the Jewish community objected because they felt it lacked respect that passers-by could step on the names of victims.  There was also concern because the stones commemorated individuals.

Bylaws have now been changed to allow the placing of the stones.  City cabinet member Claude Marinower, who is of Jewish descent, was one of the first to apply for stones to commemorate relatives who died in the Auschwitz death camp.

"My sister and I would like to place a Stolperstein to remember my aunt Roza Marinower and her two children Renée (4.5) and Nathan (3). They were picked up during the first razzia in the night of 15 August 1942.  They were taken to the Dossin Barracks in Mechelen.  Three days later they were put on the train to Auschwitz.  They were gassed a couple of hours after their arrival."