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Tomorrow, Thursday January 19, first Stolperstein will be placed in Milan. Literally they mean “stumbling stone”, little plates inscribed with the name and life dates of victims of Nazi extermination or persecution. The stolperstein art project was initiated by the German artist Gunter Demnig in 1992, and is still ongoing. It aims at commemorating individual persons at exactly their last place of residency or, sometimes, work.
Over 56,000 stolpersteine have been laid in many European countries: Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech, Slovakia, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Ukraine, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania and Russia.
Stolpersteine are placed right into the pavement with name, place and date of birth, concentration or extermination camp, and date of death. Every person who will walk into these “stones” will remember the atrocity happened. We can not forget.
The first six Stolpersteine that will be placed tomorrow in Milan, are dedicated to three Jeweish and three political victims thanks to the outstanding initiative of Middle school students from Quintino di Vona – Tito Speri School in Milan.
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Photo Stolperstein Radio Colonna.