A German artist has now laid more 70,000 Stolpersteine stones, making them the world’s largest decentralised monument to the Holocaust – but not everyone approves

On a recent winter afternoon, several dozen residents of Duisburger Strasse in Berlin huddled together to commemorate the people on their street who died in the Holocaust. To Volker Spitzenberger, who has lived here since 2010 with his husband, the stories of local residents killed by the Nazis were a chilling reminder of past atrocities – but none more so than when the organiser mentioned Manfred Hirsch, a young boy who was deported at the age of four from the house at No 18.

“That’s our house,” Spitzenberger said, with a sharp intake of breath.

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