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The UK’s first Stolperstein stone installed in Soho

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The brass Stolperstein placed in the ground

Published: 7 June 2022

The first Stolperstein or “stumbling stone” in the UK has been installed in Westminster.

A small brass plaque was laid in Golden Square, Soho to commemorate the life of former resident Ada van Dantzig.

Ms van Dantzig was a Dutch-Jewish paintings conservator for the National Gallery who came to London in the 1930s and worked and resided in Golden Square in Soho, but later re-joined her family in the Netherlands.

In early 1943, she was arrested in France along with her mother, father, sister Jenny and brother Paul. On 11th February 1943 she was deported from the transit camp Drancy to Auschwitz. Ada, along with her parents were murdered on the 14 of February 1943.

The installation’s artist, Gunter Demnig, created the project almost 25 years ago to commemorate victims of Nazi Persecution during the Holocaust. Over 100,000 of stones have now been laid in 26 countries throughout Europe. The location of the stones is chosen as the last address of those being remembered.

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The artist, Gunter Demnig, installing the Stolperstein

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Cabinet member for City Management and Air Quality said:

We're deeply honoured that the very first Stolperstein to be installed in the United Kingdom has been laid in Westminster, in memory of Ada van Dantzig.

We must never forget the Holocaust and we must always remember people like Ada van Dantzig, who was murdered in Auschwitz on 14 Feb 1943. I hope that this Stolperstein Stone will be a constant reminder for her memory.