The Holocaust - never again must mankind stumble this way

Jan 27 is UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Germany's ambassador in Singapore looks at why learning about the conditions that led to genocide is relevant today.

If you walk the streets of Berlin, you will come across the famous "stumbling stones", or Stolpersteine. They will not literally make you stumble - but they are meant to make your mind stumble.

Just under 10 sq cm, easy to miss, they are small brass stones, embedded underfoot in the cobblestones of the street. Each commemorates a Holocaust victim in front of their last-known freely chosen place of residence. Stolpersteine are meant to commemorate all victims of Nazi Germany. The stones honour Jews, Sinti and Roma, and other people who the Nazis labelled "asocial".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 27, 2021, with the headline 'The Holocaust - never again must mankind stumble this way'. Subscribe