Candlelight lets the night shine in soft light. Held by students and the citizens of Vallendar, dozens of candles illuminate the stumbling blocks around which those present have gathered in front of the WHU E-Building in Vallendar's Hellenstraße.
It is not just any day that this vigil takes place. 75 years ago, the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated. To mark this anniversary, the RCDS (Ring of Christian Democratic Students) WHU Vallendar organized a vigil to commemorate the victims. Previously, the students had cleaned all 22 stumbling blocks in the community.
In 2016, a WHU student had initiated the action, which has since been continued by the RCDS. The Stumbling Stones, laid by artist Gunter Demig, have a small brass plate on which the name and birthday of the person and their fate are engraved. They commemorate the fellow citizens of Vallendar who were murdered by the Nazi regime and are also representative of millions.
However, according to Julius Reichel, chairman of the RCDS WHU Vallendar, it is about much more than devotion. At the same time, the vigil serves to inform about anti-Semitism and to set an example against the hatred in our society. The most important thing, he said, is not to forget, especially in this day and age.