January 27 is the international day of Remembrance, established by decision of the UN in 2005 to remember the victims of the Holocaust. It is in fact on January 27th, 1945 that the Red Army entered the concentration camp of Auschwitz and disclosed to the world the atrocities of the Nazis.
In 1990 the German artists Gunter Demnig decided to honor some of the victims by placing a brass plate before the last home of choice of some members of the Jewish Community of Cologne stating the name, the birthdate, the death date and the concentration camp where the person was killed. He called the initiative “stolpersteine” (stumbling stones) and from Cologne it invaded the whole continent so that nowadays the stolpersteines are found in 76 cities of Europe.
In the city of Torino there are 120 stolpersteines, placed before the last home of choice of an equal number of victims of the Holocaust. Join the tour “Jewish Turin” offered by Turinpiedmontguides and discover the stories of the persons behind the names written on the plates.