Stolperstein Project

A Stolperstein (literally "stumbling stone") is a concrete cube bearing a brass plate inscribed with the name and life dates of victims of Nazi persecution. These are fixed in the last known place of residency of the victims and can be seen all around the Netherlands. Students who are part of the Stolpersteine Project honor these victims by cleaning and restoring the plates around The Hague.  

“I first heard about the Stolpersteine project a few years ago when I was visiting Amsterdam and I immediately loved the idea. I think it is very important that victims of the World War 2 aren't forgotten, especially by the younger generation. I believe that cleaning these stones will allow people our age to be reminded about this important time and it is a way for us to show respect.” - Malia, student

“I enjoyed participating in the Stolpersteine project as I feel that I did something good for the society and gained a better understanding and greater respect for the people whose names are on the stones and for the families of these people.” - Noah, student

“Cleaning the stones is an amazing experience, it is the first time I am really doing something good for my community that benefits everyone. My favorite experience is when my friend and I are cleaning the stones and then the owner of the house walks up to us and says that from now on they're going to keep up the cleaning. This has happened multiple times and always makes me happy. I also really enjoy researching the names on the stones before we go clean them. This gives me more knowledge about what I am doing and who this person was.” - Malia, student