Since 2010, Oslo Jewish Museum and artist Gunter Demnig have been placing memorial cobble stones in memory of Jewish victims of the Holocaust in Norway.
In 1993, the German artist Gunter Demnig started the project «Stolpersteine» (memorial cobblestones) in Germany. The cobblestones are meant to be memorials, commemorating the victims of National Socialism, but can also be viewed as art in the public space. A cobblestone (10 x 10 x 10 cm) with a memorial plaque in brass is set in the sidewalk at locations where Jews and other Nazi victims lived until they were deported and killed.
The passers-by who discover the stones become aware of the fact that the Holocaust also took place exactly where they are standing. In this way, the stones also have a clear pedagogical effect; they alert those who happen to look down when passing by.
After its conception in Germany, the project has been implemented in many other European countries. In collaboration with the German author and journalist Raimund Wolfert, the Oslo Jewish Museum brought the project to Norway in 2010. Since then, new memorial stones have been placed every year.
The web portal www.snublestein.no
provides information about where the cobblestones of deported Jews from Norway are put down, as well as information about each individual person. The website is in Norwegian only. Read more about Gunter Demnig’s project here.