By John Smith • 23 February 2021 • 12:21
Displaying the 97 stones to be laid
THE Balearic Government has announced that 97 additional ‘stumbling stones’ commemorating victims of both National Socialism and the Franco dictatorship will be installed.
This is part of an international project initiated by German artist Gunter Demnig which has seen these named cobble stones laid in different countries around the world.
54 of the stones bear brass plaques giving the names of Balearic residents who ended up in Nazi concentration camps with 13 destined for Mallorca, 20 on Menorca, 16 on Ibiza and 5 on Formentera.
The balance of 43 stones which are known as Remembrance Stones and bear witness to victims of the Civil War and the Franco regime with silver coloured plaques naming each victim.
In this case, 22 will be installed on Mallorca, 8 on Menorca and 8 on Ibiza with four travelling to Barcelona and one to Madrid.
For the first time, these stones will include the names of women who were persecuted during Franco’s time and although stumbling stones have previously been laid in Mallorca, the artist homes to attend the ceremonies in the other islands if travel is possible when they receive their first stones.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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