Stumbling Stones Reflection –– JN

(could not find Hangar 24, but this is Batavierenstraat 24b)

I think the STIWOT map of stumbling stones is a helpful tool to educate oneself and therefore take notice of the lives of those who lost theirs during the Holocaust.

An example of one of these stones, which Kuper notes, is the plaque of “Hangar 24” that commemorates “the first collection point for Jews,” in Rotterdam and South Holland (220). However, as Kuper goes on to describe the shrouded, “discreet,” and ignorable nature of the wall that the plaque is place on, he expresses the negligence it actually receives by passerbys, due to it’s dismissible nature. The unawareness of these stumbling stones is not modern-ignorance, but was present even in the 1942 during its initial placement. It’s clear that these memorials are not fully acknowledged, and therefore the events represented are not as recognised as they should be.

So while the commemorative-nature of the stones themselves are respectable, the lack of awareness almost blots out the purpose of them. Therefore, the STIWOT map implements a helpful system for learning more about each event individually; and the Feddes map provides a rough outline, which proves a helpful locator, for visitors in Amsterdam to pay tribute, or at least be aware of these “hotspots” of commemoration.


One thought on “Stumbling Stones Reflection –– JN

  1. joynikkel,

    Thank you for the great post. I hope the visit the Netherlands one day. I love your suggestion regarding the maps. These would certainly be helpful to better understand what happened in Amsterdam to the Jewish quarter in WWII.



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