The Stichting Stolpersteine
Our mission is to keep the memory of the victims of National Socialism alive during and around the Second World War. The foundation does this by participating in the Stolpersteine project of the artist Gunter Demnig.
(*1968, Bad Harzburg, Germany)
Alexander is responsible for the coordination and production of Stolpersteine for the BeNeLux countries. He officially works for KunstDenkmal STOLPERSTEINE and Stiftung – SPUREN – Gunter Demnig. Before that he worked in the logistics sector where his engagement in the humanitarian field started. He successfully established the international headquarter of the non-governmental organisation North Star Alliance Foundation that focuses on providing quality healthcare to mobile workers (truck drivers) and the communities they interact with in sub-Saharan Africa. His last position there was Partner Relations Manager.
Prof. Dr. Jaap Goudsmit
(* 1951, Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Jaap is a doctoral researcher and writer and as a professor associated with Amsterdam Neuroscience, the Amsterdam University Medical Center and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is the editor-in-chief of the book “Who do we commemorate on 4 May?” Which will be published in April 2020.
Prof. Dr. Hans Romijn
(* 1955, Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
Since 2016, Hans Romijn has been chairman of the board of the Academic Medical Center (AMC), and since June 2018 of the Amsterdam University Medical Centers, location AMC. He is dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Amsterdam. Until 2016, he was head of the Internal Medicine Department and chairman of the Internal Specialisms Division AMC. He is a member of the supervisory board of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD).
Paul de Haan
(*1956, Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Originally from Amsterdam, but now alternately living in Berlin and Serbia. In the Netherlands he worked for years in education and radio. He is now working as a freelance city guide in Berlin.
Paul de Haan has been responsible since 2012 for coordinating and organising the Stolpersteine placements for Amsterdam. He now has an advisory role within the foundation and is closely involved in the placement of Stolpersteine in Amsterdam.
(* 1967, Bremerhaven, Germany)
Markus works in the field of editorial photography and was a photo editor for GEO magazine in Germany for 15 years. He relocated to Amsterdam in 2015, and beside working as a freelancer for magazines, he teaches and coaches photographers.
(* 1992, Bad Oldesloe, Germany)
Marvin studied economics, history and political economy, got involved in various charities and worked in the field.
With the passing of the last eyewitnesses, he sees remembering the Holocaust as an increasingly important responsibility of our and subsequent generations. Never again!
After graduating in the field of environmental policy Simon was working for several years in the environmental technology sector. He was also active in the field of climate and land use policies as part of an environmental Non-governmental organization for several years. A while ago he switched to the IT sector where he is currently working as System Administrator for a media company.
(*1987, Oregon, USA)
After finishing her studies with a bachelor’s and master’s in business, Amanda relocated to Amsterdam with her family in 2020 for her work at Microsoft. Next to the tech sector she has a lifelong passion for Holocaust education and rememberance.
She sees the Stolpersteine as both an important memorial to honor the victims as well as an opportunity for all who pass by the Stolpersteine to be educated about the dangers of hate, intolerance, and discrimination in our society.
(*1977, Utrecht, the Netherlands)
Mirko studied Wildlife management and Forest and Nature Conservation Policy. In addition to his ‘green’ background, Mirko has a stong interest in the history of the Second World War and the Holocaust.
He thinks that Stolpersteine offer us one of the most vivid and appealing ways of remembering the victims of the Holocaust and the German occupation.
“Stolpersteine help us not to forget all the individual lives that have been lost for nothing.”
(* 1952, Gorinchem, The Netherlands)
An Huitzing studied anthropology and worked i.a. at the municipality of Rotterdam. In 2017 she published together with Tamara Becker ‘Op de foto in oorlogstijd, Studio Wolff 1943’ about three hundred people who had a photo taken by Annemie Wolff in 1943. The work had been exhibited at Churchill-laan and at the National Holocaust Museum. A specific question from a visitor had lead to another publication ‘Spartelend aan de fuik ontkomen. Hoe tientallen leden van een Joodse familie de oorlog overleefden’ (2021). The book is about how a group of members of a Jewish family survived the war.
An helps people on a regular basis who are in search of what happened to their families during World War II.
(*1955, Breda, Nederland)
Martine started her career as boekseller in Munich and has worked for more than 40 years as editor for various Dutch publishers. She published a number of children’s books about the second World War, for example Buiten is het oorlog (There is war outside) which is about Anne Frank and Oorlog in inkt (War in ink) based on children’s diaries from during the war that have been preserved in the archives of NIOD, Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Duifje van de Woestijne
*2001, Amsterdam, Nederland
Since 2019 Duifje she has been studying history at the University of Amsterdam with a focus on Jewish history. She finds it special that Stolpersteine form a visible memory of an important part of the city’s history.
(1948, Groot Ammers/Molenlanden, the Netherlands)
After studying physics Piet worked in secondary education as a teacher, teacher-trainer and project-leader. Among other things responsible for educational development and ICT
After retirement, he volunteered at various local projects aimed at social cohesion.
(*1946, Soestdijk, the Netherlands)
Background social sciences and teacher.
ANBI - non-for-profit
The Stichting Stolpersteine has cooperated since the beginning with the STIFTUNG – SPUREN – GUNTER DEMNIG (Sporen Foundation) in Germany.
The STIFTUNG – SPUREN – GUNTER DEMNIG manages the data of all Stolpersteine that are laid worldwide and is responsible for the production of the Stolpersteine.
In addition, there is also a very good cooperation with the municipality of Amsterdam and Utrecht to ensure that the Stolpersteine leggings run smoothly throughout the city. This includes informing the neighbors about the laying, preparing the location and ensuring no disruptions on the day of the official laying.
The municipality’s also ensure that Stolpersteine are temporarily removed and replaced if necessary due to work.
Stichting Stolpersteine is an officially recognised charitable not-for-profit organisation. This has been confirmed by the Dutch government with an ANBI status. This guarantees that all donations are used for the purpose of the foundation; the laying of Stolpersteine.
We currently work exclusively with volunteers and donations to cover the costs of laying the Stolpersteine.
If you want to support the work of the Stichting Stolpersteine, you can donate via:
Bank: Iban: NL34TRIO2018081322 – Stichting Stolpersteine