Apparently there is some controversy about them, of course there's always controversy, but I found them incredibly moving. The German tour guides told me they made sure their own children were read the names on each "stone" they passed, and the stories were told. Their kids grew up hating Hitler and what he stood for.
My own family came from the Ukraine, early in the century, so escaped that later persecution, but I have a number of friends whose parents and grandparents were directly impacted by events in Nazi Germany. Those friends were all Jews, but of course, not all Hitler's victims were Jews.
One of the "stones" was defaced by chewing gum. The guide was quite upset. It's hard to tell if it was purposeful. FWH bend down to clean it off...
Quite an experience.
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Being partly of German descent myself I can understand why the country as a whole repudiates all that Hitler and the Nazis stood for. They find it so repugnant that it's *illegal* to display a swastika. My H heard of one man who was *hung* because he (jokingly) made the "Hitler mustache" with a comb.
My guess is the stone was defaced purposely - why? Who knows except the one(s) responsible. But maybe I'm just cynical. But kudos to your H for his actions. I think he showed great respect to the person it commemorated, stranger though they were to your H.
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