Demnig has laid more than 50 paving stones, covered with sheets of brass on the footpaths in front of former residential buildings where Jewish residents lived in Oranien and Dresdener Strasse. Their
names, dates of birth and of their fate are engraved in the metal and are a reminder of their persecution during the Third Reich. The art and memorial action was part of the exhibition titled “Artists search for Auschwitz,” organized by the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst in Berlin (New Society for Fine Art in Berlin) in 1996 and is still incomplete
today. In November 2000, the number of stone memorial tablets had risen to 89, laid on 22 streets in Kreuzberg.
Companies, residents’ groups and individuals can research the whereabouts of former Jewish inhabitants and help to finance the production and laying of further
tablets. As the Cologne artist’s project has attracted so much
attention, it may also be possible to preserve the traces and names of many
other, also non-Jewish victims of National Socialism in Kreuzberg in this way. Details can be obtained from the Kreuzberg-Museum Tel/Fax 030-2588-6234 / 030-2588-6258.
Address: Oranienstraße between Görlitzer Bahnhof and Oranienplatz; Dresdener Straße between Kottbusser Tor and Oranienplatz Bus, Tube, Tram: U 1, U 8, U 12, U 15 Kottbusser Tor;
Bus 129, 140 Map