When you walk around London, occasionally you’ll see a blue plaque adorning the outside wall of a house, with the name of someone famous who lived there. It’s normally someone whose books you’re meant to have read (but haven’t), a sporting legend, or the inventor of something useful like wasp repellant. You’ll pause for a moment, and then walk on, stunned into silence at how little it means to you today. At best, you’ll wonder what the house costs - probably about 5 quid a hundred years ago, whereas now, it can only be afforded by about 5 people on earth.
Hamburg, like other German cities, has a different form of memorial for its residents, and it certainly gives you more to think about:
Dotted along every street are small brass plaques embedded in the