In addition to coordinating the laying and maintenance of Stolpersteine, we also support and organize various other activities concerning the NS past in Heppenheim, be it a lecture by qualified speakers, fact-finding missions, exhibitions, school projects, visits to neighbouring and local towns of interest, etc. These are generally free of charge for all. Here is a selection of our activities to date.

05.–24.03.2020 The history workshop Jakob Kindinger and the group Stolpersteine Heppenheim e.V. and the German Trades Union (DGB) Heppenheim presented an exhibition by the study group Deutscher Widerstand 1933–1945 e.V. (German Resistance 1933–1945) entitled “Nichts war vergeblich. Frauen im Widerstand gegen den Nationalsozialismus” (Nothing was in vain. Women’s resistance to National Socialism). Visiting times were the Landsratsamt opening hours.
Eighteen biographies demonstrate the many ways in which women refused to obey the Nazi regime. Of particular interest to us is the local connection: one exhibition board is dedicated to Gretel Maraldo, who was a victim of the Kirchberg murders in Bensheim, and another to Anna Mettbach, a German Sintezza who lived in Heppenheim for a time.
Info material in German can be found here – Marstall
27.01.2020 at 6 p.m. In cooperation with the Initiative gegen Rechtsextremismus und Fremdenfeindlichkeit (Initiative Against Right-Wing Extremism and Xenophobia) and the DGB (German Trades Union) Heppenheim, the Verein Stolpersteine Heppenheim presented a film by Wolfgang Liebeneiner „Ich klage an“. The film originated in 1941 in close co-operation with the NS-Propaganda Ministry and was first shown on 29th August 1941.
Since 1966 the film has been in the possession of the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau Trust and is only shown under strict conditions. This public showing began with an introductory speech and concluded with a discussion – Marstall
09.11.2019 at 7 p.m. To commemorate Pogromnacht:
Gegen das Vergessen – eine jüdische Zeitreise” (Against forgetting – a Jewish journey through time) with the artist Dany Bober. Jewish folksongs and lore. Entrance free – Marstall
13.05.2019 Annual Members’ Meeting (press report in German here) – Martin-Buber-Haus, Werlestr. 2
9.00 a.m.
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Eleven stones laid for the Mainzer family by Gunter Demnig. Photos here – Kaufhaus (Stadthaus) Mainzer, Friedrichstr. 21
11.30 a.m.
On Holocaust Memorial Day:
„Das korallrote Sofa“ (The Coral Red Sofa). Book presentation and reading by Pit Metz (in German). The fate of Salomon Marx from Weinheim who survived the concentration camp at Auschwitz and subsequently suffered failure in post-war Germany.
Entrance free. Details here – Kurmainzer Amtshof, Wappensaal
7.30 p.m.
80 years of Pogromnacht. The fate of two Jewish families from Heppenheim 1933 to 1945.
The Sundheimer Family lived in the Lehrstrasse. Pupils of the Starkenburg Gymnasium recited the fate of the couple and their five children. Sofie Fischer lived in Darmstädter Strasse. Her granddaughter, Marianne Degginger, wrote a book on the family history. A text composed by Sabine Schreck and Erich Henrich tells of Grandma Sofie’s life in Heppenheim, Frankfurt and Theresienstadt.
The texts presented by the schoolchildren were accompanied by music, which was provided by cellist Konstantin Malikin – Marstall
12.08.2018 Guided tour around Jewish Worms – Synagogue, Raschi House, Heiliger Sand cemetery. Report in English here
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8.30 p.m.
Annual Members Meeting – Marstall
7.30 p.m.
Talk by Dr. Hermann Müller on “The Heppenheim Synagogue – Tracing its History” (in German) – Marstall
09.11.2017 Talk on the (mis)use of language under National Socialism by Dr. Peter-Otto Ullrich, Mainz.
“Worte wie Gift und Drogen. Die NS-Sprache als Herrschaftsinstrument und Waffe” – Marstall
09.09.2017 Visit by the committee to the site of the former synagogue at Bensheimer Weg 1. Photos here.
09.05.2017 Reading from the book “Das Stahlbad” by Fritz Frank (in German) – Buchhandlung May, Friedrichstr. 29, Heppenheim
26.04.2017 Annual General Meeting – Marstall
4 p.m.
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Four Stolpersteine for Leo, Rosa, Kurt and Gerda Bach – Friedrichstraße 34, Heppenheim. Photos here.
3.30 p.m.
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Four Stolpersteine for Abraham, Dina, Helmuth and Erich Baruch – Lorscherstr. 17, Heppenheim. Photos here.
03.03.2017 Edith and Minna - The story of a friendship” (in German) written, narrated and played by Jürgen Flügge, Hoftheater Tromm – Marstall
(till 14.05.2017)
Opening of the exhibition “Legalised theft” at 4 p.m.
The tax authorities and the dispossession of Jews in Hesse 1933–1945 – Museumszentrum, Nibelungenstr. 35, Lorsch
09.11.2016 “Addressee unknown” by Kressman Taylor (in German) – Reading from the epistolary novel by LIZIspecial of the Starkenburg Gymnasium school – Marstall
15.07.2016 Creation of the Bürgerstiftung – our group is a founding member
27.04.2016 Annual General Meeting – Haus der Begegnung
27.04.2016 “Half-trodden cudgel paths on the high moors”. On attitudes to German history (in German) – talk by retired pastor Ulrich Schwemer
27.01.2016 “The 27th January and remembering the Holocaust” – public information event as part of the project day – Museum Heppenheim, Kurmainzer Amtshof
27.01.2016 Project day of Class 8 at Starkenburg Gymnasium School – a joint operation with museums, schools, and clubs – Museum Heppenheim, Kurmainzer Amtshof
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Stone laying. One stone for Sophie Fischer at Darmstädter Str. 20
09.11.2015 “The way to Theresienstadt” – the life of the Jewish author Ilse Weber; with Dominique Engler (in German) – Marstall
06.10.2015 “The night of the grey cats”. Reading by Lilo Beil in the Vitosklinik (in German)
20.09.2015 Jewish cemetery and synagogue in Hemsbach – Guided tour conducted by Rudolf Beringer
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25.03.2015 Annual General Meeting
25.03.2015 “Piaski – End of the line for deported Jewish people from Heppenheim” – talk by Rudolf Beringer (in German)
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First stone laying – seven stones for the Sundheimer family at Lehrstrasse 3
25.06.2014 Study trip by the committee to the international tracing service ITS in Bad Arolsen
02.04.2014 Annual General Meeting
09.11.2013 Report by Shlomo Samson on his personal experience of the NS period – Marstall
18.04.2013 “Stolpersteine Heppenheim e.V. – Erinnern für die Zukunft” is established – Marstall

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