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Our students have the unique opportunity to participate in the following project…

The Stolpersteine project aims to honor and commemorate the victims of Nazi WW2 genocide. A permanent tribute is paid to murdered Jews, Roma and Sinti, gays, resistance fighters, physically and mentally disabled and Jehova’s witnesses through the commemorative stones carrying the victim’s name and fate.


The Stolpersteine are memorial stones, commemorating the holocaust victims that are being laid in front of the house from which a particular person was deported to the Nazi concentration camp and murdered.


Stolpersteine is a composite of German words stolpern (to stumble) and stein (stone). The name expresses the power of a story behind each of the Stolpersteine, which does not allow us to just pass by without noticing and continue walking. It forces the walker-by to stop and bow both symbolically and physically to the victim whose name is imprinted on the Stone.
The Stolpersteine is placed as part of the pavement in front of the house which was a last residence of a person deported by the Nazis to death. The Stones, placed in a public space, become a permanent reminder of a crime committed by the Nazis and their helpers. In accordance with the present day trend in the education about the holocaust, the Stolpersteine stands for a fate of a human being – a fellow citizen who lived in the same places where we live our lives today, and who was murdered for no reason. The Stolpersteine thus provide an exceptionally strong possibility to identify with the victims of Nazi persecution and warn against the danger and consequences of intolerance and xenofobia. Their location in the street of course also expresses the stand-point of the Municipality and its leaders towards the war mass murder, racism and other forms of xenofobia.

The Stolpersteine idea was developed by the German artist – sculptor Gunter Demnig. In 1993/94 were placed the first Stones in the streets of German Cologne, with Berlin and other German townships following. As of today, more than 23 thousand Stones were laid in hundreds of European cities. The Stolpersteine project has gradually expanded beyond the German borders and the Stolpersteine can today be found in Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Norway and Denmark and since 2008 in the Czech Republic. In Prague and its suburbs the civic association Stolpersteine CZ o.s. takes care of the Stones laid and the administrative procedures.
You can learn more on this Europe-wide project here

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