In her book ” Motherland … Beyond the Holocaust, she “tells the story of her and her mother’s a trip to Germany: In October, 1990, Edith Westerfeld Schumer returned to the place where she was born – she visited the city on the Rhine. In 1938, her parents sent Edith Westerfeld, who was only 12, to live with relatives in America. Her parents were murdered by the Nazis.The places where we want to install the stumbling blocks make it clear that this barbarity also occurred in the middle of our community. Even here in our town on the Rhine, man fell victim to Nazi madness. We should therefore lay stumbling blocks here.
Sorrow and joy are closely tied together in such an installation. Sadness, because it is abhorrent to torture people because of their Jewish origin and kill them. And joy, because here at this point, it is a long time ago, and we want to pay our respect to the victims.
Stumbling blocks are remembrance and reminder of that time. Stumbling blocks are important for the whole family and our community. It is important that in the family and in the community this should not be forgotten, that one remembers each family member ‘s specific features.
The memory of the victims is also a public responsibility. The almost – forgotten private suffering of our missing neighbors can now be preserved in public, the silence will be broken about the past, the future can be designed jointly.
“A person is only forgotten if his name is forgotten.”