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Holocaust memorial cobblestones laid around Europe – and beyond

In the 1990s, Gunter Demnig decided victims of the Holocaust should return to their homes, at least figuratively.

Today, more than 70,000 so-called Stolpersteine have been laid around Europe – and beyond.

As a 71-year-old man, spending more than 200 days a year travelling around Europe and beyond for his project, meeting young people, politicians and relatives of those he strives to commemorate, Demnig .

According to some it would not be a respectful manner to commemorate the victims, seeing as they are literally being walked upon, or even kicked. For that reason the southern German city of Munich decided against having the Stolpersteine. Instead, after much arguing, Munich chose to install plaques and steles across the city instead.

Demnig says he does not agree with the logic that his project means the victims are kicked over and over again.

“The Nazis were never content with kicking, they had a whole extermination and murder plan.”

And even if people did want to kick the cobblestones, they have been designed so that this action makes them “ever more shiny.”

“You can walk over them, to polish the stones even more, to preserve the commemoration, and honour them,”

Demnig says.

The artist says he could “never” imagine stopping his Stolpersteine project. Despite being officially retired, he says he will continue.

“We need them now more than ever,”

he reasons, thinking of the rise of far-right rhetoric and populism across the world.

“Especially when some people from the AfD [far-right Alternative for Germany party] get up and say, ‘We don’t need to remember the Nazi period, that was birdshit,’ then we have to say: Now more than ever.”

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Dutch Trumpism defeated

A small European country just struck a bright beautiful blow for hope and unity! Add your voice to the global thank you letter below to join the celebrations — then spread it far and wide:

Nederlands: Geert Wilders op campagne in zwolle

Geert Wilders on campaign in Zwolle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Dutch Trump, Geert Wilders, who was leading in the Netherlands‘ election race right up to the last moment, was just defeated!

Wilders had promised to close all mosques, pull the Netherlands out of the EU and ban the Koran. After Brexit and Trump, the whole world was watching to see if the far-right would continue its terrifying rise.

But in the end, the Dutch people struck a beautiful blow against Trumpism. The tide just turned against the global spread of fascist politics. And our movement was right in the middle. How?

20,000 marchers, 500km on a bus, 5 million views, 300,000 reached with newspaper ads, and a community united against hate.

Click to say Thank You to the people of the Netherlands:

Just before the election, we helped mobilise 20,000 people onto the streets to march together to celebrate the Netherlands’ long history of openness and tolerance.

On Sunday the Avaaz members took to the streets in The Hague, Paris and Berlin to celebrate and send a strong warning signal to Le Pen in France and the AfD in Germany that we are coming to stop them in elections there.

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