Holocaust Stumbling Stones (Stolpersteine ) in Rome

In each city they are called something different. In Munich and Prague they are called Stolperstein. In Rome they are called stumbling stones. You see them in what was the old Jewish ghetto outside the houses in which they lived. Each plaque is detailed with the victim’s first and last name, date of birth, date and place of deportation, and date of death in a Nazi Death Camp. We make sure we visit these sites as we travel.

We visit the synagogue, walk in the streets of the old ghetto and have lunch. The ghettos are quite nice now and in some, Prague and Rome they have Museums and working synagogues and a growing Jewish population. We make sure we visit these sites NOT only because we were raised as Jews but because we live as human beings and must assure that the world does not forget the long history of violence against the Jewish people. We honor the gentle people that were led to slaughter and pray it never happens again.

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Holocaust Stolpersteine

Anne Fankhuis Removed By RedBubble

I was notified this week by RedBubble which I used to house my commercial storefront that they had adopted a new policy on sensitive events like the Holocaust and had removed one of my works. I thought at first that they had removed my image of The Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. It turns out while I have used that image a few times on this blog I had never uploaded it to the commercial site.

They chose to remove this image taken inside the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam. It’s not a high quality image. It was taken quickly with a 2 megapixel Canon Camera in 1999. I was still shooting film back then and didn’t take out my gear inside the Anne Frank Museum.

I like it because it was the window she used to stare out of and there are children going to school outside. It made me empathetic with how she must have felt. I appreciate RedBubble’s heightened sense of responsibility because of rising anti semitism in the world but believe they overreached in this case. Please let me know what you think!

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Anne Fankhuis Amsterdam NL

Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation

Tucked behind the Cathedral of Notre Dame is a little visited memorial, Most people stumble upon it looking for a walk down to the river. The Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation is a memorial to the 200,000 people who were deported from Vichy France to the Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

It was designed by French architect and town planner Georges-Henri Pingusson and dedicated by Charles de Gaulle on April 12, 1962. The memorial is shaped like a ship’s prow and the “crypt” is accessible by two staircases. Inside is the tomb of an unknown deportee who was killed at the camp in Neustadt. Along both walls of the narrow chamber are 200,000 glass crystals with light shining through, meant to symbolize each of the deportees who died in the concentration camps. Worthy of a visit next time in Paris.

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Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation

Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation

Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation

The back view of Notre Dame de Paris offers a splendid view of the famous flying buttresses that support the cathedral. Almost hidden behind the park benches and hedges is a walkway to the end of Île de la Cité. Here you will find the Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation.

This simple monument is not so much a Holocaust memorial but specifically a memorial to the more than 200,000 people who were deported from Vichy France to the Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Designed by French architect Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894–1978), the memorial was inaugurated by Charles de Gaulle on April 12, 1962.It is a simple design and takes just a few minutes to visit yet most people have no idea what it is or why it is there.

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Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation

Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation