The picturesque town of Fürstenwalde is situated on the banks of the gently flowing River Spree. The Bulls’ Tower is a reminder of times long ago, as is the late Gothic town hall with its striking gable and the venerable St Mary’s Cathedral, the former episcopal seat of the diocese of Lebus. But many other old buildings have ceased to exist, along with the traditions that went with them and the entire groups of the population associated with them – the period of National Socialism left deep traces in Fürstenwalde. Shameful gaps and vacant sites were quickly overlooked, later forgotten and even denied altogether.

The current political polarisation bears testament to the importance of remembe­ring, as well as to the constant need to stand up for democracy and to commit ourselves to the fight against racism, anti­semitism and intolerance. The working group “Stolpersteine in Fürsten­walde/Spree” has therefore placed at the heart of its endeavours the task of giving back to the many victims of National Socialist terror their names, their history and their identity. The results of our research work are presented here. The locations of the Stolpersteine laid throughout the town are indicated on the map.

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Interviews with descendants of Jewish citizens from Fürstenwalde/Spree

Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts lebten in Fürstenwalde etwa 150 bis 160 jüdische Bürger*innen. Fünf filmische Interviews sollen diesen Teil der Fürstenwalder Geschichte im Rahmen des Projektes „Fragen an Dich“ wieder in die Erinnerung der Stadt zurückbringen. Sie zeichnen das Leben jüdischer Fürstenwalder*innen aus der Perspektive ihrer Nachfahren in der zweiten und dritten Generation nach und zeigen, wie intergenerativ bis heute Flucht- und Vertreibungserfahrungen aus der Zeit des Nationalsozialmus wirken.

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