Tripping Stones

All over Germany, there are these Stolpersteine – Tripping Stones. They’re cobblestone-sized and -shaped brass plaques set into the pavement in front of houses where victims of the Nazi regime once lived. Not only Jews, but also homosexuals, gypsies, socialists and, as here, people with mental illnesses or disabilities who were “euthanised” in the course of “Aktion T4” because they were less than perfect. One of them was a relative of mine, a cousin of my great-grandfather. I hadn’t known.

Stolperstein Paula Köhler
Here lived Paula Köhler, born 1891, admitted to Clinic Christophsbad 1929, ‘transferred’ to Grafeneck 01.08.1940, murdered 01.08.1940, ‘Aktion T4’

Lest We Forget.

Stolperstein Theodor Kempf
Here lived Theodor Kempf, born 1918, admitted to Asylum Schwäbisch Hall 1929, ‘transferred’ to Grafeneck 25.07.1940, murdered 25.07.1940, ‘Aktion T4’

Lest We Forget.

Stolperstein Gottlob Traub
Here lived Gottlob Traub, born 1875, admitted to Clinic Winnental 1899, ‘transferred’ to Grafeneck 23.07.1940, murdered 23.07.1940, ‘Aktion T4’

Lest We Forget.