Memorial bricks

One of the items of memory that has really impressed me on my last several trips to Berlin is the laying of “memory bricks” – Stolpersteine – outside of the houses where German Jews had lived prior to their deportation to the death camps. I always take a stroll around the Hackescher Markt and there are (this is unsurprisingly since it was a Jewish section of town) many such bricks. Even when I walk in “non-Jewish” neighborhoods, I find them. What a terrible, terrible ripping apart of the living fabric of a city and nation.

What an absolutely, haunting, fitting memorial.

About George Vascik, Historian

A 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, I have taught history at Miami University since 1992. I maintain blogs on teaching Western Civilization and on Great War. My research focuses on anti-Semitism and rural politics in northwest Germany. I am completing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics. You can follow my project at Along with Mark Sadler, I have published a book of primary documents on the Stab-in-the-Back Myth (Dolchstoßlegende). I also invite you to visit my profession web page at
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