Book: Prague's Stolpersteine - Stumbling Stones (engl.)

'Prague's Stolpersteine - Stumbling Stones' is a book commemorating victims of Nazism. It brings together photographs of the Stolpersteine, portrait pictures of the victims, details of their deportation, and many of their personal stories. (In English)

Author: Trevor Sage

  • Author cleaning Stolpersteine on Pařížská

  • Cleaning Stolpersteine with children

  • Author cleaning Stolpersteine on Pařížská

  • Laying Stolpersteine

  • "One person, one Stolperstein"

  • Stolpersteine awaiting installation

  • Boy placing pebbles at his relatives Stolperstine

  • Placing of pebbles on Stolpersteine in memory

  • An online map shows every Stolperstein location

  • Stolpersteine at Norwegian Ambassadors residence

  • Gunter Demnig's Stolpersteine Project

  • The front cover of Prague's Stolpersteine

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What are Stolpersteine?

Stolpersteine is an art project created by German artist Gunter Demnig. It commemorates the victims of National Socialism between 1933 and 1945. These brass-capped blocks bear the name of the victim, their year of birth, date and place of deportation and fate. They are placed outside the person's last chosen place of residence.

Demnig installed the first Stolperstein in Kreuzburg, Berlin in 1996. Today, more than 80,000 are located in over 1,600 towns and cities in 26 countries, making it the largest decentralized monument in the world.

Prague’s first Stolperstein was installed on 8 October 2008. The city’s 400th was laid on 22 June 2021.

About me

My name is Trevor Sage. I was born in London and visited Prague for both business and pleasure many times over the years. During these visits, I fell in love with the beautiful city, and when I retired, I decided to move here.

I was introduced to Stolpersteine on a walking tour through Prague’s fascinating Jewish Quarter when a guide pointed out the small brass cobblestone-like monuments placed in the sidewalk. The guide explained that these were memorials to victims of the Nazi Regime, placed where the victims once lived. He said they were originally called in German ‘Stolpersteine, stumbling Stones; or in Czech ‘Kameny zmizelych’, ‘Stones of the Disappeared’. This translation seemed sadly accurate as many of the stones I saw were dirty, and it wasn't easy to read the names. In my mind, it appeared as if the names were disappearing for a second time. I felt an urge to clean the brass plaques, but I didn't feel it was my place as a foreigner in my adopted home.

Then, in July 2018, I read an article on the BBC about a gentleman in Salzburg, Gerhard Geier, who cleaned all the Stolpersteine in his city. Like me, Geier is not Jewish, nor was his family affected by the Holocaust. Gerhard's action gave me the inspiration and motivation to follow his example and clean the stones in Prague.

I found the location of 284 stones through research, which I then plotted on a map and set about cleaning each one.

So many people became interested in my project I set up the Facebook page Stolpersteine Prague so everyone could follow my progress.

I felt all the information I had gathered about the Stolpersteine: details about the victims and their deportation(s), photographs of the person, and many touching background stories should be brought together into one single publication. The result of my effort is the book: 

‘Prague’s Stolpersteine – Stumbling Stones – Defiant in their Memory’.

Why this book?

'Prague's Stolpersteine - Stumbling Stones - Defiant in Their Memory' has been compiled as a tribute to all victims of the Nazi regime who have a Stolperstein placed in the city in their memory. The information comes from many different sources, combining them for the first time into a single publication. Among them:

  • Photographs of Prague's 400 Stolpersteine;
  • Portrait pictures of the victims from the Holocaust records of the Czech National Archive;
  • Information about the persons' deportation(s) from the Victims database on holocaust.cz;
  • Holocaust transport details from yadvashem.org;
  • Touching stories about the victims' lives, many told by relatives who kindly contributed to this book.

At the moment, one can stumble across a Stolperstein, read a person’s name, and to where they were deported. The information in this book will help people connect between a Stolperstein and the person to whom they are dedicated, thereby giving the observer a glimpse into the life of a Holocaust victim.

I hope the book will be used in classrooms for pupils to learn about the Stolpersteine Project, the Holocaust and help children discover something about the victims’ lives. As the book is in English, it will also help Czech children practice their foreign language reading skills.

The Nazi regime deprived people of their names and dignity. The Stolpersteine project and this book seek to return the victims' names and present their fates in public, ensuring their names will never be forgotten.

#WeWillRememberThem

My goal

My goal is to raise funds to publish this book, particularly for graphic design, copy editing and printing.

Any profit accrued through the sale of this book will be donated to charity.

What are the delivery options?

There are 4 delivery options:   

1. If selected, domestic shipping is included as part of your reward.   

2. Collection in Prague 2.

3. Depending on your location in Prague, delivery by hand may be possible by arrangement.   

4. International shipping rates vary, and the appropriate payment will need to be paid (in addition to your pledge) before shipment.

You will be sent an email requesting payment for postage once the books have been published.   

Please see the follow this link for postage rates:    

https://www.postaonline.cz/en/kalkulacka-postovneho

The weight of the book is at the 1kg rate (32x22x2cm).

... and something else worth knowing

  • For those not familiar with HitHit's terms: "Every project has a maximum of 45 days to collect the required amount of funds. If the project does not make it, it does not get a single crown." In that case, your pledge will be returned to your payment card.
  • If you are pledging for a book that requires delivery, please read 'What are the delivery options' in the Q&A section.
  • The book consists of 300 pages in A4 format (8.25x11.69") and includes more than 400 colour photographs, 340 portrait pictures and 900 citations; it weighs approx 900g (2lb).

Want to find out more?

Please take a look at the links below to find out more about me and the Stolpersteine project. 

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  • 22 Support the project with a donation

    Every contribution will be gratefully received and will help achieve the goal of publishing this book.

    If you wish to do so, you can increase your pledge when you make payment.

    Thank you for your generosity.

    100Kč = 4.64USD / 3.34GBP

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  • 90 Purchase a copy of the book for collection in Prague

    Buy a copy of Prague's Stolpersteine for personal collection in Prague, Vinohrady.

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    The book will be published in English.

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  • 45 Donate a copy of the book to a school classroom

    Donating a copy of the book to a school will help children learn about the Holocaust, the Stolpersteine ​​project and the fate of victims of Nazism. And since the book is in English, it will also help children in their language skills.

    You can nominate a Czech school to receive your donated book (please provide the school name and address in the 'note for project creator' in the next step). Or you can leave it to me to select a school on your behalf.

    Thank you for supporting Holocaust education.

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    Buy a copy of 'Prague's Stolpersteine' for delivery to an address outside of the Czech Republic.

    As international postage rates vary, an additional payment will be required to cover shipping (at cost). An email with payment details will be sent to you when this fundraising project has ended.

    Please see: 'What are the delivery options' in the project details.

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    The book will be published in English.

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    Buy a copy of  'Prague's Stolpersteine', including postage to an address in the Czech Republic.

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  • Sold out!! Discover Prague's Stolpersteine on a walk with the author

    Take a stroll around Prague with the author of 'Prague's Stolpersteine' and discover some of the city's 400 stones.

    We'll use an online map, showing the location of every stone to locate them on our route, and the book to find out about the person, their deportation and fate. 

    I will show you how I clean the Stolpersteine, and you can also try your hand at it if you wish!

    We'll also take a break for coffee and cake - included in the price :-)

    This reward is for one or two persons.

    Please note: Unfortunately, the author is only able to converse in English.

     1,200Kč = 55.64USD / 40.15GBP

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  • Sold out!! Discover Prague's Stolpersteine on a walk with the author

    Take a stroll around Prague with the author of 'Prague's Stolpersteine' and discover some of the city's 400 stones.

    We'll use an online map, showing the location of every stone to locate them on our route, and the book to find out about the person, their deportation and fate. 

    I will show you how I clean the Stolpersteine, and you can also try your hand at it if you wish!

    We'll also take a break for coffee and cake - included in the price :-)

    This reward is for one or two persons.

    Please note: Unfortunately, the author is only able to converse in English.

     1,200Kč = 55.64USD / 40.15GBP

    Reward delivery: In a year

    Pledge EUR 47.23
    (CZK 1,200)
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    This private 3-hour tour of the Jewish Museum is with a qualified licensed tour guide.
     
    On the tour you will see:

    • Old Jewish cemetery - one of the most fascinating sites of the Jewish Quarter
    • Spanish Synagogue - the recently restored jewel of the Jewish Quarter
    • Klausen Synagogue -  once intended by the Nazi's to become 'The Museum of an extinguished race'
    • Maisel Synagogue - built by an influential philanthropist and communal leader in the Jewish ghetto, Mordecai Meisel
    • Pinkas Synagogue - a truly moving memorial to the Czech Jewish victims of the Holocaust
    • Old-New Synagogue - a rare example of gothic architecture and the second oldest synagogue in this part of the world.

    The tour will be in English.

    The entrance fee to all sites of the Jewish Museum is included.

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    In addition to my endless gratitude for your extremely generous contribution, you will receive 5 copies of the book.

    Your donation will be acknowledged in the book with your company/organization/municipality logo as a project patron.

    The book will be published in English.

    Books will be available for collection in Prague, Vinohrady. Hand delivery may be possible by arrangement. If delivery by post is required, I will contact you for an additional payment to cover shipping (at cost).
     
    Please see 'What are the delivery options' in the project details.

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