Stolpersteine

In 1990, the artist Gunter Demnig (*1947) had already come up with the idea of commemorating the Nazi regime victims of the Third Reich with a decentralized memorial. The thought was, that it might be rather easy to elude one grand individual monument, while a vast number of memorial stones could not be avoided without effort.

Inside concentration camps people were deprived of their names and became sheer “numbers” to the wardens. Gunter Demnig’ s aim was to give their names back and to make sure that their suffered misery would never be forgotten.

Embedding the stones into the ground leads to the fact, that everyone who wants to find out what this might be, already bends his head to the deceased or even bows down. A gesture of paying deep respect, which was denied during their lifetime, or at least throughout their last years.

With meanwhile 70,000 stumbling stones in 1,265 cities and communities in Germany, and another 21 countries in Europe (as of 2018), the stumbling stones have become the largest decentralized memorial around the world. Their number is constantly growing. More stones. More cities and communities. More countries. After all, the number of victims is also counted to be considerably higher.

 

The Initiative „Miltenberger Stolpersteine – gegen das Vergessen“ ("Stumbling Stones Miltenberg - against Oblivion")

On January 28th, 2015, the city council of Miltenberg decided that Stumbling Stones should be laid as a reminder and commemoration of the citizens of Miltenberg who were murdered during the Nazi regime.

Well before that, at the end of 2013, the initiative „Miltenberger Stolpersteine – GEGEN DAS VERGESSEN“ (“Stumbling Stones Miltenberg – AGAINST OBLIVION”) had been founded and the quotation of the Jewish jurist Fritz Bauer (1903-1968) became their motto:

„Nothing strictly belongs to our past, everything is in the here and now, and anything can become our future again“

After the city council had decided, the initiative was now ready to start its work and realize the laying of the Stumbling Stones. One part of their job was to raise money and donations for the Stumbling Stones and all further costs of this project which was made possible thanks to donors and Stumbling Stone sponsors, some of them donating magnanimously.

In May 2016, Gunter Demnig himself embedded the first nine Stumbling Stones in Miltenberg. Further stones followed in June 2017 and July 2018. In the meantime, 44 Tripping Stones have been laid, reminding us of 44 human beings, all murdered or driven to death by the Nazis.

35 descendants were present during the first two layings: grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren of the victims. They came from Great Britain, Canada, and Israel, and thus pointed out how much they value the Stumbling Stones as a memory of their relatives. What the Stumbling Stones really mean to the victims’ relatives is expressed in this article by a grandson of Rosa and Oskar Moritz.

Students and teachers of middle-, junior high-, and high school participated in the laying ceremony. With their individual articles, they made a major contribution to celebrating a successful ceremony.

If you are interested in this topic, it is worth visiting the outstanding and breath-taking Judaica Exhibition inside the Museum Stadt Miltenberg, or going to either one of the two Jewish Cemeteries „Am Klausrain“(„Neuer Jüdischer Friedhof“= New Jewish Cemetery) or at the Burgweg („Alter Jüdischer Friedhof“= Old Jewish Cemetery). The gate key can be borrowed from our building authority during the opening hours of our city hall; call 09371-404139.
In addition to the Stumbling Stones, you also find a representative item of the decentralized monument “DenkOrt Deportationen 1941-1944” in Miltenberg.

Commemorating the Victims

As a tribute, you can find the names of all people who are each commemorated with a Stumbling Stone in alphabetical order.

Clicking on the photos on the screen, you get automatically redirected to the biography of your chosen person, saved in the data base of Datenbank „Jüdisches Unterfranken“ (“Jewish Lower Franconia”).

If you are searching a relative, this data base also provides a search screen for you.

The victims’ displayed photos, as well as the photos of the Stumbling Stones originate from different sources and were provided by the initiative „Miltenberger Stolpersteine – GEGEN DAS VERGESSEN“ (Stumbling Stones Miltenberg – AGAINST OBLIVION).

Clementine Böttigheimer

Hauptstraße 89

Flora Dahlheimer

geb. Kahn
Hauptstraße 68

Leopold Dahlheimer

Hauptstraße 68

Martin Dahlheimer

Hauptstraße 68

Rosa Dahlheimer

geb. Solinger
Hauptstraße 68

Wolfgang Dahlheimer

Hauptstraße 68

Rudolf Falk

Hauptstraße 138

Elias Fried

Hauptstraße 89

Emilie Fried

geb. Levi
Hauptstraße 89

Hermann Fromm

Hauptstraße 113

Abraham Heß

Mainstraße 57

Bella Berta Heß

Mainstraße 57

Nanny Nathalia Anny Heß

geb. Freudenberger
Mainstraße 57

Siegfried "Sally" Heß

Mainstraße 57

Berta Heymann

geb. Dahlheimer
Hauptstraße 141

Leon Heymann

Hauptstraße 141

Nanni Hirsch

geb. Klingenstein
Hauptstraße 213

Carolina Hofmann

geb. Schloss
Hauptstraße 147

Siegmund Klingenstein

Hauptstraße 213

Marcus Lindheimer

Hauptstraße 187

Berta Mannheimer

geb. Schloss
Hauptstraße 147

Martha Martczak

geb. Oppenheimer
Mainstraße 59

Adolf (Adolph) Marx

Hauptstraße 193

Friedrich Marx

Hauptstraße 193

Mira (Maria Anna) Marx

Hauptstraße 193

Manfred Moritz

Hauptstraße 162

Oskar Moritz

Hauptstraße 162

Rosa Moritz

geb. Königsberger
Hauptstraße 162

Paula Nussbaum

geb. Cahn
Hauptstraße 154

Henny Oppenheimer

Mainstraße 59

Wilhelm Oppenheimer

Mainstraße 59

Ida Schmidt

geb. Rosenbaum
Untere Walldürner Straße 8
Commemoration of Ida Schmidt's desparate act

Adolf Simons

Hauptstraße 89

Erna Simons

geb. Fried
Hauptstraße 89

Gerd Gustav Simons

Hauptstraße 89

Josefine Simons

geb. Mosbacher
Hauptstraße 89

Otto Simons

Hauptstraße 89

Adolf Stargardter

Hauptstraße 78

Frieda Stargardter

geb. Dahlheimer
Hauptstraße 78

Irma Irene Ullmann

geb. Selig
Hauptstraße 110

Betty Weichsel

Hauptstraße 150

Ernestine Weichsel

geb. Halle
Hauptstraße 150

Julius Weichsel

Hauptstraße 150

Simon Weichsel

Hauptstraße 150