Jewish Memorial Sculpture

Jewish Memorial Sculpture

Public Art : Jewish Memorial Sculpture also known as the Berlin Jewish Cemetery Sculpture

Sculptor : © Will Lammert (1892 - 1957)

Date : c. 1957

Description : A haunting bronze sculpture depicting thirteen Holocaust victims/survivors? The sculpture features barefooted men, women and children all dressed in worn clothes.

Location : Under the trees at the old Jewish Cemetery, Gedenkstätte Grosse Hamburger Strasse, Berlin, Germany

History of the Jewish Memorial Sculpture : The Jewish Memorial Sculpture was created by Will Lammert just before he died in 1957. Incomplete, the sculpture was originally intended to be part of the Ravensbrück concentration camp memorial. The sculpture is dedicated to the 55,000 Jews deported to concentration camps from this site, the old Jewish Cemetery, in 1943. Prior to the rise of Hitler and the Nazi's, the area was a flourishing Jewish community, complete with schools, shops, old people's home and a cemetery. But this section of Berlin was destroyed by the Gestapo during World War II. The old people's home became the pick up point for the local Jewish people, who were then taken to concetration camps.

Will Lammert : The German sculptor and draughtsman, Will Lammert, fled from the Nazi's during the war and lived in France and then the Soviet union. In 1951 Lammert returned to East Germany where he continued to create sculptures, including the monument at the Ravensbrück concentration camp and the Jewish Memorial Sculpture. Both projects remained unfinished.

Acknowledgements: Thank you to Dr Andrew Taylor for kindly providing the photographs.


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