19.02.2024

Stolpersteine Installation Ceremony in front of the OP ENHEIM House

Commemoration in Wrocław

pl. Solny 4, Wrocław

Program

The Urban Memory Foundation and the OP ENHEIM House for Culture would like to invite you to the Stolpersteine installation ceremony, which will begin on Monday, February 19, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. Four "stumbling stones" for members of the Jewish Herz family, will be placed in front of the OP ENHEIM headquarters at 4 Solny Square in Wroclaw.

The event will begin in the Herz Salon, named to commemorate the family that was once associated with the historic building. A welcome and brief presentation on the fifth floor will be followed by the second part of the event - a stone-laying ceremony in front of the main entrance.

Stolpersteine is a project to commemorate Holocaust victims created by artist Gunter Demnig, which consists of embedding in the pavement a small cube with an inscription dedicated to a specific person. The need for commemoration is most often the initiative of the victims' descendants, but it can also come from other individuals or organizations. OP ENHEIM's activities are an example of such a path, in which the institution and the people who contribute to it become the depositories of memory.
"Stumbling Stones" were created for Olga, Hilde, Walter and Steffi Herz, whose lives were lived in the Oppenheim Tenement House before the war. In 1894, Ludwig Herz opened a shoe store on the first floor, and over the next several decades the Herzes grew their business by introducing mail order, which brought their shoes to almost every continent.

Since its establishment, OP ENHEIM has taken a number of steps to nurture the memory of those associated with the Oppenheim Tenement House. The installation of the Stolpersteine represents another very important step in the mission of the Institution, which, in addition to supporting culture and the arts, is committed to deepening understanding and sensitizing people to local history.

The ceremony and installation of the Stolpersteine is part of the project "NeDiPa: Negotiating Difficult Pasts" with the support of the European Union under the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Program (CERV), as well as part of the project "With a Heart for History - In the Footsteps of the Herz Family," funded by the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Warsaw and the OP ENHEIM Foundation.

  • Monday

    19 February
    • 12.00

      Welcome and the story behind the commemoration of Herz family

      Salon Herz at OP ENHEIM
    • 13.00

      Official installation of the Stolpersteine

      pl. Solny 4, in front of the OP ENHEIM House
Welcome and the story behind the commemoration of Herz family
Official installation of the Stolpersteine

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