Ambassador Wittig on the Opening of “Stolpersteine” at WHC

On Friday, October 27, Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States, spoke at our Shabbat service to celebrate the opening of “Stumbling Stones – Remembrance and Social Sculpture,” an exhibit in Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Kreeger Lobby.

Originated in 1992 as an art project, German artist Gunter Demnig’s Stolpersteine (stumbling stones) mark the last location a person chose to live before they became victims of Nazi terror. Today, more than 56,000 Stolpersteine can be found in over 22 European countries. The exhibition on display in Kreeger Lobby from October 25 – November 21 tells the story of what has become the world’s largest decentralized memorial.

We are pleased to share the Ambassador’s remarks.