Memorial to Victims of Nazis in Stuttgart

Pictures and text by Mark R. Hatlie

These pictures were taken on 4 January, 2006 accross the street from Karlsplatz (near Schlossplatz), behind the Altes Schloss, about three blocks from, but in view of, the main shopping street (Koenigstrasse) in Stuttgart.

The memorial is made up of four large, black blocks. Three of them are on the ground, the third is suspended between the others. A wreath was recently placed at the memorial, probably on the national day of remembrance in November.
The memorial is located right across the street from the Franco-Prussian War victory monument, visible in the background.
Between the blocks, on the ground, the words are carved, (Vervemt, verstossen, gemartert, erschlagen, erhaengt, vergast. Millionen Opfer der nationalsozialistischen Gewaltherrschaft beschwoeren dich Niemals Wieder!)
Nearby, there are two plaques. The one on the right repeats the text from the center of the memorial. The one on the left reads, The memorial in remembrance of the victims of the national socialist regime was created in 1970 by Elmar Daucher. The words were written by Ernst Bloch. (Das Mahnmal zur Erinnerung an die Opfer der nationalsozialistischen Gewaltherrschaft wurde 1990 gestaltet von Elmar Daucher. Den Text schrieb Ernst Bloch.).

This memorial is mentioned briefly in Reichel, Peter: Politik mit der Erinnerung. Gedaechnisorte im Streit um die nationalsozialistische Vergangenheit. Muenchen, 1995, 114-115. Reichel names it as one of the few memorials to appear in the 1970s, but also a representative of abstract memorials which were coming into vogue.

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