Irish Holocaust victims commemorated at unveiling of Stolpersteine stones
The unveiling took place today in Dublin.
Six Stolpersteine ‘stumbling stones’ were unveiled by Holocaust Education Ireland and Dublin City Council today to remember each of the Irish citizens who were victims of the Holocaust.
The unveiling took place at a commemorative event at St. Catherine’s National School in Dublin 8.
Speaking at the event, Councillor Mary Callaghan, representing the Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland, added:
“The Stolpersteine Project is the largest de-centralised memorial in the world with more than 90,000 memorial stumble stones in 27 countries around the world. We are proud that Dublin City is now part of this ever-growing remembrance project.”
Also speaking at the event, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O'Gorman TD, said:
“My Department is very pleased to support the unveiling of the Stolpersteine to remember the Irish victims of the Holocaust. This meaningful memorial will allow these stories to pass through generations and will let us bear witness to their personal experiences of the Holocaust.
The Stolpersteine at St. Catherine’s National School will play an important role in helping us to remember the Irish Holocaust victims and to reflect on the ideologies and events that led to the loss of so many lives.”
The six victims of the Holocaust who were remembered today are:
Esther (Ettie) Steinberg – Esther was born in Czechoslovakia in 1914. Her family came to Ireland in 1925 and lived in Raymond Terrace off South Circular Road in Dublin. Ettie attended St Catherine’s School in Donore Avenue, and afterwards, worked as a seamstress.
Wojteck Gluck – Wojteck was a goldsmith from Belgium and the husband of Esther. They married in 1937 in Greenville Hall Synagogue, Dublin.
Leon Gluck – Leon was the son of Esther and Wojteck. The family moved several times, ending up in Toulouse in 1942. It was there that they were arrested and deported to Auschwitz where they were murdered in gas chambers.
Isaac Shishi – Isaac was born in Dublin in 1891. His family originated from Lithuania. They lived on the South Circular Road. In 1941, Isaac Shishi, an Irish citizen, his wife Chana and their daughter Sheine, were murdered by the Nazis in Vieksenai, Lithuania.
Brother and sister, Ephraim and Jeanne (Lena) Saks - Ephraim Saks was born in Dublin in 1915 and his sister, Jeanne, in 1918. They lived in St Alban’s Road in Dublin 8. During the Second World War, while living abroad they were both arrested and deported to Auschwitz where they were murdered.