Stolpersteine, literary stumbling blocks, in this case brass plaques or remembrance pavement stones, which have been placed in many towns and cities on the pavement outside the former homes of Jews or Roma/Sinti, commemorating those who were taken from their homes, deported and killed during the time The Netherlands was occupied by the Nazi’s in World War II.
Originally ‘Stolpersteine’ was an art project created by artist Günther Demnig, as a commemoration to the holocaust, currently an initiative followed by more than a hundred towns and cities throughout Europe, to keep the memory alive of all the people who were killed.
In the Jewish religion it is the belief that one has only died when one’s name is no longer mentioned. Because many Jews and Sinti have never returned, it is important to keep mentioning their names, so that those who were killed so horrifically are known to us, our children and their children. Whether it be Anne Frank from Amsterdam, Settela Steinbach from Buchten or any deceased person for that matter.
The project “Stolpersteine Sittard-Geleen” was adopted and co-funded by the Province. Will you join us?
For more information please check: stolpersteinesittardgeleen.nl
Searching is quite easy: In the search window a query can be entered in the different fields. The less information is entered, the greater the amount of hits.
The Stolpersteine are also indicated on the map. A blue circle indicates more addresses with a Stolperstein located very close to each other. By zooming in the exact location of the stone becomes visible. By clicking on the stone a window opens with details of the deceased victims at this address.
Once a stone is selected, a window opens with a complete overview of all the people listed at the specific location. By selecting the person involved more detailed information, quite often a photograph and a link to the website with an elaborate description of the victim can be viewed. (See https://www.stolpersteinesittardgeleen.nl/Slachtoffers/Max-Baum) for an example.
Should you wish to return to the list, re-select ‘Search’. Here the list of previously selected hits can now be altered or deleted.
By scrolling with the mouse or by using the button in the top left hand corner it is quite easy to zoom in or out.
The standard setting for ‘Background layer’ is the topographic map. By selecting the drop down menu this can be changed to for example: a current satellite image, relief map or satellite imagery of the effects of drought on the landscape in 2018.
Under "Show popup with properties" you can choose between a number of options. Namely ‘show after click’, ‘show after hover’ or ‘do not show’. By selecting the first two options, either by clicking on a specific location or by placing the mouse pointer, the properties of this location and the names of the deceased at this address will become visible. Mind, this only works if you are zoomed in far enough.
- * and ? can be used as wildcards (Starts with: search term*, Ends with: *search term, Contains:*search term*)