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Berlin Cobblestones Memorializing Murdered Jews Multiply

Veronika Houboi watched as a man in a cowboy hat and clogs wielded a sledgehammer to smash up and remove a dozen small cobblestones from a Berlin pavement. He quickly filled the resulting hole with two identical blocks of concrete capped with inscribed square brass plates. The blocks, called “Stolpersteine” or “stumbling blocks,” read: “Here lived Dr. Erich Blumenthal, born 1883, deported 29.11.1942, murdered in Auschwitz. Here lived Helene Blumenthal, born 1888, deported 29.11.1942,...

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