Visitors to Munich, the Bavarian capital, may notice the new Holocaust remembrance plaque that are being put up all around the city. Dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, these plaques are being put up outside houses and apartment buildings they once inhabited.
Over 10,000 men, women and children from Munich were killed between 1933 and 1945 as a result of Hitler’s Holocaust. The new Holocaust remembrance plaques contain photos and biographical details of some of these victims. Authorities are currently in the process of installing them at their last known addresses or workplaces.
According to Charlotte Knobloch, head of the Jewish community of Munich and Bavaria, “With this new form of commemoration, Munich is taking its own path towards an honourable and lasting remembrance.”
Holocaust remembrance plaques appear across Munich
The Holocaust remembrance plaques have been designed by Kilian Stauss. The first plaques to be put up are coloured gold and silver and are placed on the sides of the buildings.
This is a response to the existing brass cobblestone memorials, or “stolpersteine.” Many feel that the fact that they are placed on the ground where people can step on them is disrespectful. Consequently, they were banned in public places by the Bavarian Supreme Court in 2015.
The relatives of the victims, or any other parties, can apply to the Munich city council for the new memorials to be installed. The first plaques to go up have commemorated Tilly and Franz Landauer, who died in Auschwitz in 1943 and in Westerbrok in 1943, as well as Paula and Siegfried Jordan and Friedrich Crusius who were all killed in 1941.