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March 30, 2018

Do “stumbling stones” force people to remember the Holocaust?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:16 am

“Stumbling stones” are mentioned in this recent news article: https://forward.com/fast-forward/397904/germanys-far-right-decries-holocaust-memorials-for-dictating-who-should-be/

The following quote is from the news article:

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Amid rising anti-Semitism across Europe, Germany’s far-right party is lashing out at the famous “stumbling stones” Holocaust memorials, CNN reported.

The Stolperstein — small cobble stones with a brass plaque commemorating a victim of the Holocaust — can be found in cities across Europe. Their creator, the sculptor Gunter Demnig, dubbed them stumbling stones because they are designed to draw your attention by slightly catching your feet.

“You won’t fall. But if you stumble and look, you must bow down with your head and your heart,” Demnig said.

But now Germany’s Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is decrying stones as forcing people to remember the Holocaust.

“With their actions, the stumbling stone initiators impose a culture of remembrance on their fellow human beings, dictating to them how they should remember who and when,” AfD lawmaker Wolfgang Gedeon wrote in February. “Who gives these obtrusive moralists the right to do so?”

Read more: https://forward.com/fast-forward/397904/germanys-far-right-decries-holocaust-memorials-for-dictating-who-should-be/

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Sorry — I am totally against “stumbling stones”. There are already streets in Germany where a person has to look down on the sidewalk to avoid stumbling. The streets should be smooth, so that tourists can look at the buildings, not at the sidewalk, when they are walking around German cities.

The news article continues with this quote:

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The Stolperstein — small cobble stones with a brass plaque commemorating a victim of the Holocaust — can be found in cities across Europe. Their creator, the sculptor Gunter Demnig, dubbed them stumbling stones because they are designed to draw your attention by slightly catching your feet.

“You won’t fall. But if you stumble and look, you must bow down with your head and your heart,” Demnig said.

But now Germany’s Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is decrying stones as forcing people to remember the Holocaust.

“With their actions, the stumbling stone initiators impose a culture of remembrance on their fellow human beings, dictating to them how they should remember who and when,” AfD lawmaker Wolfgang Gedeon wrote in February. “Who gives these obtrusive moralists the right to do so?”

Gedeon launched a failed bid to have the Stolperstein in his region removed. But AfD is currently the largest opposition party in Germany, having won a surprising number of votes in the most recent election. A high-ranking member of the party recently praised the “achievements” of the Nazis.

In the meantime, Demnig is quietly adding more stones every day. He says that some people have told him that the stones are the only reason they feel comfortable returning to Germany after being forced out during the Holocaust.

“And yes, I am proud of that,” he said.

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The far-right National Front party and the owner of multiple convictions for incitement to racist hatred against Jews was over his 2015 statement that the Holocaust was “a detail” of World War II. Downplaying or denying genocides is illegal in France. Le Pen must pay more than $30,000 in fines for the remark, Le Monde reported.

 

Separately, the Paris Correctional Tribunal last week acquitted Alain Soral, who also has multiple convictions for hate speech against Jews and Holocaust denial, of an indictment for his posting of a caricature suggesting that President Emmanuel Macron is being controlled by Jews.

The drawing shared online by Soral, a co-founder of the Anti-Zionist Party along with the anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, depicts Macron wearing a Nazi-like armband with a dollar sign and three well-known European Jews – the French economist Jacques Attali, entrepreneur Patrick Drahi and the British banking magnate Jacob Rothschild — in the background towering over the earth while flanked by an Israeli and American flag.

The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism and the Union of Jewish Students in France, or UEJF, last year filed police complaints against a Socialist lawmaker, Gerard Filoche, for alleged incitement to racist hatred over his reposting of the caricature.

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5 Comments »

  1. “Separately, the Paris Correctional Tribunal last week acquitted Alain Soral, who also has multiple convictions for hate speech against Jews and Holocaust denial, of an indictment for his posting of a caricature suggesting that President Emmanuel Macron is being controlled by Jews. The drawing shared online by Soral, a co-founder of the Anti-Zionist Party along with the anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, depicts Macron wearing a Nazi-like armband with a dollar sign and three well-known European Jews – the French economist Jacques Attali, entrepreneur Patrick Drahi and the British banking magnate Jacob Rothschild — in the background towering over the earth while flanked by an Israeli and American flag.”

    Here is the pic…

    Comment by hermie — March 31, 2018 @ 7:37 pm

  2. Then someone should file a complaint with the police against the stupid stones for “inciting racial hatred”. Same with the plaques.

    Comment by Dennis Gannon — March 30, 2018 @ 10:59 am

    • You wrote: “a complaint with the police against the stupid stones for “inciting racial hatred”

      It is OK to incite racial hatred against the German people. Racial hatred is bad only when it is hatred of the Jews.

      Comment by furtherglory — March 30, 2018 @ 12:22 pm


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