William H. Cuddeback

William Herman Cuddeback was an American lawyer and politician from New York, with his career culminating in his election to the New York Court of Appeals in 1912. He was born on March 23, 1852 in Deerpark, New York to Caroline Lee Thompson, he was educated at Goshen Academy and graduated from Cornell University in 1874. He was admitted to the bar in 1877, practiced in Goshen until 1885, when he moved to Buffalo, New York, he was Chairman of the Democratic Committee of Buffalo from 1895 to 1896, Corporation Counsel of Buffalo from 1898 to 1902. In 1912, he was elected on the Democratic and Independence League tickets to the New York Court of Appeals, defeating Progressive George Kirchwey. During his tenure he concurred on landmark cases written by his colleague Benjamin Cardozo, including MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co. and Wood v. Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, he died on August 1919 in Goshen, New York. He was succeeded by Abram I. Elkus whom Governor Alfred E. Smith appointed to complete his term, he was buried in Slate Hill Cemetery in New York.

Roots Web Entry Court of Appeals judges at The Historical Society of the Courts of New York State Bio at Court History Death notice, in NYT on August 18, 1919 Willam H. Cuddeback Portrait, Historical Society of the Courts of New York State William H. Cuddeback at Find a Grave

Platz des Unsichtbaren Mahnmals

The Platz des Unsichtbaren Mahnmals - or in English, the Place of the Invisible Memorial – is a memorial to Jewish cemeteries. It is located in capital of the German state of the Saarland. To the visitor, the memorial is invisible – it only appears as a sign at the place, reading "Platz des Unsichtbaren Mahnmals". In April 1990, art professor Jochen Gerz and several of his students began, in secrecy, to dig up cobblestones from the place in front of the Saarbrücken castle; the underside of the stones were engraved with the names of German Jewish cemeteries, afterwards they were returned to the place, with the inscription facing downwards. They chose the fore court of Saarbrücken Castle because a dependency of the Secret State Police, or Gestapo, was located in the castle during the time of national socialism. In August 1991, the idea was taken up by the city council of Saarbrücken, it decided to implement it legally. In the end, a total of 2146 location names of Jewish cemeteries, which had existed until their destruction by the Nazi regime in 1933, were engraved into the cobblestones, again placed back into the fore court of the castle.

The memorial intends to portray the neglect of the German past. Page about the memorial at Gerz' website