Leo Baeck Institute works to preserve and promote the history and culture of German-speaking Jews.
The German Stolpersteine
The Art of Exile: Paintings by German-Jewish Refugees
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In this talk, Michael Simonson, Archivist and the Director of Public Outreach at the Leo Baeck Institute, will introduce us to the history and current practice of laying Stolpersteine (literally “stumbling stone”) memorials in Germany. Drawing on his personal experiences working with those who wish to remember former Jewish citizens, Michael will highlight the stories of some of the Jewish families being remembered, elucidate the steps he took to track down living descendants, and discuss the reactions of those in the communities where these stones have been placed. An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance.