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raised of £3,000 target by 120 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,240 to fund the installation of the first Stolperstein (stumble stone) in the UK, in memory of Ada Van Dantzig who was a victim of Nazi terror.

    Funded on Friday, 23rd July 2021

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    *****We have reached our target to lay a Stolperstein for Ada. Please continue to donate to our fund so that we can help support the Wiener Library with a donation in Ada's name. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this happen!*****

    Ada (Anna) van Dantzig was a Dutch paintings conservator. She worked with National Gallery Consultant Restorer, Helmut Ruhemann CBE, at his private studio in Golden Square, Soho, some time between 1934-39. At the outbreak of war in 1939 Ada left London to try to rejoin her family in the Netherlands. Her family were preparing to escape to Switzerland. Despite pleas from her friends and colleagues to stay in London Ada rejoined her family in Rotterdam. They left Rotterdam 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. She was murdered on the 14th of February 1943. Her parents were murdered on the same day. Her sister Jenny had been murdered on the 1st of February 1943. Her brother Paul was murdered on the 30th April, 1943. Her youngest brother, Hugo, was able to escape to Switzerland with his uncle, aunt and their two children.

    The funds raised for this memorial will be used to pay Westminster Council who charge over £1k for the licence and supervision of the laying of the stone. Further funds are required to fund the travel and accommodation expenses of the artist Gunter Demnig who will supply and place the stone for Ada. Additional funds are required for a spare stone to be used if the original stone is damaged. Any surplus funds will be donated to the Wiener Holocaust Library.

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    • Morwenna Blewett2 years ago
      Morwenna Blewett

      Morwenna Blewett

      2 years ago

      Dear Supporters, It is been a long process of reinstating plans and processes as Covid restrictions slowly lift, but am pleased to announce that we have finally been able to re-organise the ceremony for laying the Stolperstein for Ada. This will happen on the morning of 30th of May at 11am outside No.3 Golden Square. Please stay tuned for more details. Many thanks again for your generous support for this special project! Morwenna Blewett

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    • Morwenna Blewett3 years ago
      Morwenna Blewett

      Morwenna Blewett

      3 years ago

      Dear Supporters, As we are still negotiating our way through the altered world of the pandemic, we have had to postpone the ceremony once more. This is largely to do with being able to access the pavement area that the stone will be set into. Westminster Council have suspended any works to that area of Soho while businesses continue to operate alfresco dining. We have decided to carry out the ceremony in 2022, hopefully in May. Best wishes to all of you and please stay tuned for more here soon. Morwenna

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    • Morwenna Blewett3 years ago
      Morwenna Blewett

      Morwenna Blewett

      3 years ago

      Dear Supporters, Thanks for your patience over this very difficult year while we have working out how to make new plans for the ceremony. Things are still unpredictable but we are hoping we will be able to lay the stone in October 2021. I wish you all a very peaceful break and will update you with more information as we make plans. Best wishes, Morwenna

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    • Anonymous

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      Jul 12, 2020

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 22, 2020

      I saw this article in the JC given to me by my sister. I live in Southern California. Thank you for remembering this remarkable woman Ada Van Danzig. We must keep remembering the murdered victims.

    • Steven Spencer

      Steven Spencer

      Feb 6, 2020

      Thankyou

      £100.00

    • Mark Strong

      Mark Strong

      Feb 3, 2020

      I attended the installation of Stolpersteine for my great grandparents & great-uncle in Magdeburg about 10 years ago. I had no idea there were victims from the UK!

      £15.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 1, 2020

      £5.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 1, 2020

      Dutch resident contributing to the first Stolperstein in the UK in the morning after Brexit

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      Anonymous

      Jan 31, 2020

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    Morwenna Blewett

    Morwenna Blewett

    Research Fellow in the History of Conservation. Ashmolean Museum and Worcester College, University of Oxford.

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