On Mon­day, Leslie Mait­land wrote about artist Gunter Dem­nig’s Stolper­steine project and recon­nect­ing branch­es of her fam­i­ly sep­a­rat­ed by the Dias­po­ra of the Nazi years. Read the arti­cle here and find images from the Stolper­steine project below.

Ger­man artist Gunter Dem­nig cre­at­ed these two Stolper­steine in mem­o­ry of Samuel Sig­mar and Alice Berta Gun­zburg­er in 2005. He embed­ded them in the side­walk in front of Post­strasse 6, Freiburg im Breis­gau, Ger­many, the cou­ple’s home until they fled the coun­try with their chil­dren in 1938. These stum­bling stones” num­ber among more than 30,000 that Dem­nig has embed­ded in coun­tries through­out Europe to memo­ri­al­ize Hitler’s vic­tims — each one indi­vid­u­al­ly at the site where he or she had lived before the Holocaust.

Pho­to Cred­it: Wal­ter Prek­er
Leslie Mait­land is a for­mer award-win­ning reporter and nation­al cor­re­spon­dent for The New York Times who spe­cial­ized in legal affairs and inves­tiga­tive report­ing. Her newest book, Cross­ing the Bor­ders of Time: A True Sto­ry of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed, is now available.
Leslie Mait­land is an award-win­ning for­mer New York Times inves­tiga­tive reporter who cov­ered the Jus­tice Depart­ment. A grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go and the Har­vard Divin­i­ty School, she spent a decade research­ing this book, trav­el­ing to every loca­tion involved to plumb archives and inter­view wit­ness­es. She appears reg­u­lar­ly on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR to dis­cuss lit­er­a­ture. Leslie Mait­land is avail­able to be booked for speak­ing engage­ments through Read On. Click here for more information.