On 27th July 2019, at 9:00 am, “memorial stones” - Stolpersteine (German: stones on which we can stumble) – will be ceremonially mounted in front of the tenement at ul. Zamenhofa in the Old Town of Zamość.

This form of remembering Holocaust victims is the idea of German artist Gunter Demnig, who will be in Zamość to personally place them into the footpath. Tens of thousands of Stolpersteine have already been placed around Europe. In Berlin alone, there are three thousand. In Poland, there are only to be found in Wrocław, Słubice, Łomża, Biała Podlaska and in Mińsk Mazowiecki. 

These “memorial stones” commemorate Chaim Jonas and Sura Wolfenfeld who lived at ul. Zamenhofa 10, and their grandchildren Eliasz, Abraham and Cesia, who were born there. The initiator behind this commemoration is a Wolfenfeld descendant Alec Bialski, a PhD in chemistry and a March’68 emigrant, whose father Eliasz, survived the Holocaust in Ukraine, using Aryan papers. Eliasz Bialski described his survival in a book published, in Polish and English, in 2004 entitled Looking Straight into the Eyes.

During the ceremonial installation of the “memorial stones” in Zamość, the Wolfenfeld and Bialski families were represented by Paula Bialski, a professor at Leuphana University of Luneburg, and her partner Goetz Bachman.