Stolpersteine in Emmerich am Rhein

Today I was visiting Emmerich am Rhein – a town on the border between Germany and the Netherlands.

Emmerich am Rhein

Suspension bridge over the Rhine at Emmerich

While I was walking through the town centre, I came across a group of brass Stolpersteine – small plaques in the pavement reminding passers-by that holocaust victims had once lived in the house they are passing.  Stolpern means to stumble – so these are literally stones that you stumble across.

This set remembers a family of three from Emmerich who fled the national socialist regime and escaped to America.


The Gompertz family fled to America in 1939 and survived the Holocaust.

This was the first time I’ve seen Stolpersteine remembering people who actually survived the war – most of them record death in one of the concentration camps. I hope the Gompertz family settled in America and had a long and happy life after the war.


Filed under german history, Life in Germany, travel in germany, World War 2

4 responses to “Stolpersteine in Emmerich am Rhein

  1. Good to see commemoration of those who survived. When in Paris I was moved by plaques outside schools honouring pupils who’d been deported and killed by the Nazis because they were Jewish.

  2. Jeanie

    Hello Cathy, I read your blog and need to respond. I am the granddaughter of the late Richard and Martha Gompertz. Hedwig Gompertz is my mother. They fled Germany for the United States in 1939 and luckily survived. My Grandparents lived a long life and raised a beautiful family that has greatly contributed to the future of the Jewish people. We are grateful to learn about the stone project and keeping the memory of those who faced the horrors alive. Thank you for posting the photograph, it is very meaningful to me and my family.

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