Stolperstein is the German word for stumbling block, obstacle, or something in the way. The artist Gunter Demnig has given this word a new meaning, that of a small, cobblestone-sized memorial for a single victim of Nazism. These memorials commemorate those deported and killed by the Nazis, mostly in Nazi concentration camps or extermination camps, including Jews, Sinti and Romani people (also called gypsies), members of the Resistance during World War II, homosexuals, Jehovah`s Witnesses, Christians in opposition to the Nazis and the disabled. The list of cities that have stolpersteine now extends to several countries and hundreds of cities and towns. (Courtesy Wikipedia) 

Pictured below is the Stolperstein in honor and memory of my beloved father, Walter Blumenthal, placed in the walk in front of our former home and store. This photo was taken on our latest visit to Hoya in June, 2010. 

Additional short newsletters, telling more about our visit to Germany & Holland, will be sent to you over the next few weeks.

Enjoy summer.