In July of 2010 I witnessed the dedication of the Stolpersteine for my parents, Ignatz and Deborah Lebzelter, and sisters, Amalie Lebzelter and Suzanne Lebzelter. My mother and sisters were deported to Auschwitz where they were put to death in 1943. My father died in Buchenwald in 1944.
Gunter Demnig laid the Stolpersteine in the entranceway of my parent’s flat at Alte Schönhauser Straße 4. On that day I finally experienced closure and a powerful spiritual feeling as though I was talking to them. The neighbours who witnessed this event displayed such warmth and understanding, which was so heartwarming to us. We still correspond with some of them.
My husband and I received great satisfaction, knowing that my wonderful family was memorialized this way. While visiting Berlin at that time, after the stones were laid, we returned 3 more times to stare at the stones with great emotion.
Unfortunately, I do not remember my family, for I was 1 year old when I left Berlin on the Kindertransport, with another sister, 7 years older than I was. We went to a wonderful family in Kent, England, where I resided until I was 9 years old. I have now been in the United States, in New York State, for 67 years, and was adopted by a loving family. I have been happily married for 52 years and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Sabine Breier nee Lebzelter