The first “stumbling stone” was installed in Kyiv to commemorate the tragedy in Babyn Yar, which took place 80 years ago. German Embassy in Kyiv initiated “One Stone, One Life" project, as Deutsche Welle reports.
“Stumbling stones” are the objects of the world's largest decentralized memorial dedicated to the memory of people persecuted during the Nazi years. Brass plaques affixed to concrete blocks indicate not only the names of people killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust, but also those who managed to escape.
That is why the name of a person who escaped execution in Babyn Yar in 1941, Lyudmyla Tkach, was carved on the first “stumbling stones” built into the pavement on 3 Frolivska Street. She was five years old when she and her mother managed to escape from the Nazis.
According to German Ambassador to Ukraine Anka Feldhusen, it is planned to install 10 “stumbling stones” in Kyiv in the near future and later increase their number to 80. Detailed information about the fate of the people to whom they are dedicated, including photos and archives, will be available at http://kyivstones.org.
“Stumbling stones” (“Stolpersteine” in German) is an international project to honor the memory of the victims of Nazism. Its idea is to install a memorial “stone”, a small metal plaque with information about a person who died at the hands of the Nazis or survived despite persecution. “Stolpersteine” are placed near this person’s last place of residence, work, or study, so that passers-by would metaphorically “stumble” over it and stop for a moment, thinking about the person who once lived here.