This is the story of Amalie Blühdorn, a German Jew, and the efforts to make sure she is never forgotten.Amalie was born in 1864 in Dortmund, Germany. At age 21 she married a well-known businessman in Cologne, and they and their two children lived in a comfortable home with a governess and maids.When Amalie was 57, her husband died suddenly of a stroke. She and her son took over the family clothing business, continuing to operate it successfully. Until 1933.That was the year that Adolf Hitler, the newly appointed chancellor, issued a prohibition against Germans frequenting Jewish businesses and professionals. It was one of the first in a series of events designed to eliminate Jewish society and culture from Nazi Germany. The Blühdorn business became one of its victims. Forced to liquidate it, Amalie and her family moved to Wiesbaden.From then on, her life, like those of millions of other Jews, would steadily change for the worse.Amalie is not a relative of mine. And I am not Jewish. But what we do have in common is that we both have lived in the same building on Niederwaldstrasse in Wiesbaden. And while her name isn’t written next to a doorbell as mine is, you can find it engraved on a square bronze-covered stone in the sidewalk in front of the door.Amalie died in a concentration camp and is one of the thousands of victims of the Nazi terror regime memorialized in the Stolpersteine Project (Stolperstein means “pavement stone”). Since the first of these memory stones was laid in a Berlin sidewalk in 1997, its creator, Cologne artist Gunter Demnig, now with an assistant, has engraved thousands by hand. They are placed in front of the addresses at which the victims last lived.His motto is “A person is only forgotten when his name is forgotten,” a belief he extends not only to Jews but also other victims of the Nazi regime: homosexuals, euthanasia subjects, resistance fighters and members of persecuted religious and ethnic groups.AdvertisementToday there are more than 22,000 names remembered in memory stones in 500 German towns as well as in Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Poland. Inscribed on each are the skeletal details of a life: name, date of birth, date of arrest or deportation and date of death or murder.