Hidden WWII Memorials

Stolpersteine in Copenhagen

In June 2019 it was finally our turn to get a visit from the German artist Gunter Demnig who since 1992 has placed brazen memorials in the pavements where Danish Jews lived before they died in Holocaust.

You can find the 12 ‘Stones’ by chance, but the best way is to search for the addresses. In the link above, there is a map with all the memorials’ position. Copenhagen is not a huge city, you can easily walk around and see it all on foot.

By a combined effort by many people at the time most of our Jews were rescued to Sweden on illegal boat trips in the middle of Yom Kippur in October 1943. On the list are also German Jews who were shamefully forced out of Denmark. They had come as fugitives or students to save their lives from Hitler’s cruel regime.

Gunter Demnig’s Stolpersteine project is the world’s largest memorial with 74.000 brass ‘stones’ in 26 different countries.

To end this post on a lighter note, I would like to show you some of the old buildings and areas in central Copenhagen. Please click on the photos for a little more info.




    • I am so pleased to hear you say that. One family, I know of have been split ever since. Four of them were sent to Theresienstadt two drowned on their way to Sweden, and one survived the dangerous route to Sweden. The mother and one daughter took their lives after coming back from Theresienstadt and on surviving brother from that experience never forgave the two older surviving brothers for their way of bringing him up after their mother’s death. So even surviving families got splintered afterwards

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