The applications for the 2023 instalation of “Stumbling Stones” in Milan are open until the end of July 2022.
To request a ‘Stone of Injury’ anyone can send an application by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org stating the reasons for the request and attaching all available information about the person to whom they would like to name the stone.
The Committee assesses the request, asking for any additional documentation, including the precise address of the last known residence in Milan.
The Committee also requests a small financial contribution to support the project.
Once the laying of the Stones has been agreed upon, the Committee performs the ceremony, soliciting the presence of the Committee’s promoting members, family members, central and decentralised city authorities, the building’s owner, and citizens.
The Stumbling Stones were the initiative of artist Gunter Demnig in order to create an emotional and mental stumbling block, as a reaction to all forms of negationism and forgetting, in order to remember all victims of National Socialism, who were persecuted and killed for racial, political or religious reasons.
Today, the Stolpersteine is the world’s largest open-air memorial museum, with over 90,000 stones laid all over Europe.
In Italy, the first Stones of Inciampo were laid in Rome in 2010 and currently there are ones in Bolzano, Genoa, L’Aquila, Livorno, Milan, Reggio Emilia, Siena, Turin, Venice as well as numerous other smaller towns.
In Milan, on the initiative of the Committee for the ‘Stones of Inciampo’ – Milan, the first 6 stones were laid in January 2017, followed by others, up to this year’s total of 145.
In 2021 the ‘Instagram History’ project was dedicated to the ‘Stones of Inciampo’, curated by the communication agency Imille, in which all the stories of the 145 Milanese deportees are collected.