In the past two decades, a large-scale remembrance project takes place all over Europe, in which stumbling stones (Stolpersteine) are laid in front of houses where those deported by the Nazis to the death camps or forced to leave Germany (before the war) used to live before deportation. This is an initiative of Guenter Demnig – an artist who produced an identical format for those stones and makes sure to personally lay those stones at the entrance of the houses. Thus far more than 40,000 Stolpersteine were already laid.
The remembrance of the Gottfeld and Lewin families within the Stolpersteine project takes place in full cooperation with the “Sie Waren Nachbarn” (They Were Our Neighbors) association in Moabit. Members of the group contact Guenter Demnig’s association, provide them with the details of each deported family member, the family address and details of the deportation. After receiving the date of the Stolpersteine laying, they send all neighbors a letter of invitation of the upcoming ceremony. The ceremony is always very moving. The details of the family who lived at that address are presented briefly as well as the date and place of the deportation. A musical interlude is also included in the ceremony. We are making an effort to be present at those ceremonies.
Following are the letters of invitation, photos and short movies of the ceremonies already held.