Laying of the Stumbling Stones at Rue de l’Etuve 8, Brussels: A moving memorial event in which the 10th grade classes of the iDSB took part (26/01/2024)
The 10th grade students of our iDSB were deeply moved to take part in the moving laying of the Stolperstein for Suzanne Kaminski at Rue de l’Etuve 8. Suzanne, who was less than two months old, was murdered in Auschwitz in 1943. The commemoration, organised by the “Association pour la Mémoire de la Shoah”, took place in the presence of the German ambassador, Mr Kotthaus, who donated the memorial stone.
The ceremony was marked by poignant words and poems recited by Mr Kotthaus, Mrs Swiatlowski from the “Association pour la Mémoire de la Shoah”, a rabbi and committed pupils, among others. White roses were laid down and clear messages were given that emphasised the importance of the culture of remembrance. It was emphasised that our society has a responsibility to ensure that such terrible events never happen again.
After the ceremony, the Year 10 pupils reflected on the event. Many were deeply moved and thoughtful. The laying of the Stolperstein was a meaningful experience that raised awareness of historical responsibility. Two pupils, who were interviewed for a live broadcast before the Stolperstein was laid, emphasised once again the importance of their participation: “It is crucial to make it clear that the victims are not forgotten and that we carry this thought within us and show it to the outside world.” The event served as a key reminder that history remains alive as long as we actively work towards a world without hate and intolerance.
Nicola Murphy and Sabrina Lorenz