If you walk around the streets of Berlin, you may notice some squared golden plaques carefully embedded into the cobble stones every here and there. They are positioned in front of the houses that were inhabited by Jewish citizens during the Nazi regime. There generally is a name and birth date as well as an indication about where the person was deported to and killed. These sad reminders of Germany’s worst historic events aim at commemorating the millions of innocent people that were murdered in Nazi Germany.
As I was walking past two of these golden plaques the other day, I noticed a little extra: Two roses someone had carefully placed next to the names. It made me stop and contemplate the plaques for a moment. I think it was a kind gesture to pay tribute to these people in this way.
This is to Max and Pauline. Whatever their story might have been, may they rest in peace.
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