Jewish Memorial Walk – Wiesbaden

Wiesbaden has an organization dedicated German-Jewish history.  In 1993 Gunter Demnig began placing bronze squares in front of homes Jews were forced to leave during Nazi rule.   They’re called, Stumbling Stones, or Stolperstein, in German.

Demnig manufactures a concrete cube of 10 cm (4 inches), which he covers with a sheet of brass. Then he stamps the details of the individual; the name, year of birth and the fate, as well as the dates of deportation and death, if known. The words “Hier wohnte” (“here lived”) grace most of the memorials, though others are installed at the individual’s place of employment and refer instead to the work. The stolperstein is then laid flush with the pavement or sidewalk in front of the last residence of the victim. (wikipedia)

As a family we wanted to take the walking tour that would take us past a few of these stones, as well as the location where the Old Synagogue used to be located, and the train station where the Jews were loaded and taken from Wiesbaden.

We stopped for a snack break at a random playground we ran across on our walk.  Later, a friend told us that that playground has been featured in Popular Science Magazine as one of five especially awesome playgrounds in the world!

Standing by the bench you can see in the large picture above I took the following of our beautiful city:

(Look at the large church in the center, then look to the right at a tall, gold-windowed building {don’t go past the tree trunk}.  That’s about where we started our walk from, and, therefore, where we had to walk back to.  I’m guessing about a five-mile round trip walk.)

We made it  halfway through the tour before storm clouds rolled in and we headed straight home.  We will go see the last few things on the list soon.

This website has some neat pictures featuring the Memorial Slaughterhouse Ramp, one of the sites we didn’t make it to that day.

Here is a very interesting, though sobering, story of one Wiesbaden Holocaust survivor, Eve Gerstle.

This documents one man’s experiences as he walks through the Stumbling Stone tour with an actual guide.  He includes a lot of informative links within.

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9 Responses to Jewish Memorial Walk – Wiesbaden

  1. Joleen Hyatt says:

    Neat stories…sad, but neat. Maybe we couild see some of those places while we’re there.

  2. benjaminda says:

    Hi there. Welcome to Wiesbaden and thanks for linking to my website/article on the slaughterhouse. Benjamin

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  5. Ann Marie says:

    Where can I find your walk route please ?

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