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IMG_9418Stumbling Stones. Before the Holocaust, it used to be the custom in Germany for non-Jews to say, when they stumbled over a protruding stone in the pathway: “There must be a Jew buried here.”

Now, in Prague and many cities of Europe, there are small stones covered in brass, placed in cobblestone walkways. These small stumbling stones commemorate Nazi victims of the Holocaust and are found at the place of the victim’s last residence. Engraved on each stone is the victim’s name, date of birth, date of deportation/imprisonment, and often the date of death. In this way, the stones symbolically return them to their neighborhood so many years after being torn away from their daily lives; and, as we walk, we stumble over their precious memory.

Stumbling stones. So much to ponder.