Gunter Demnig bei der Verlegung

At the beginning of the Stolperstein project there is a lot of research to be done. Keep in mind that Stolpersteine is an art project that deals with active commemoration. Historical research for the Stolperstein should go beyond the collection of data and thus remind us of the life of that particular person. Merely copying information from memorial books is not what it is about. At the same time, it is not a scientific project that aims to produce long and possibly incomprehensible texts. It is meant to remind us of the stories and the lives of former local citizens.

Try to initiate a conversation in the neighbourhood. Approach former and current residents, local associations, religious communities, political parties, schools, training institutions, colleges and universities. Seek contact with local historians, historical societies and academics of historical or specifically Judaic studies at regional universities.

Make enquiries about:

When researching you should start on site and then go from there. If possible, interview contemporary witnesses or their descendants. One possible approach could be:

For contact information on archives and memorial sites check out this website.

You are responsible for the results of your research and the handling of personal data. Therefore, make sure that your source references are complete and check the data researched by others. This is important in order to be able to answer questions at a later date. Furthermore, it saves you from having to search again when you publish your research results.