Benno Elkan, Menorah, 1956. Knesset, Jerusalem
The oeuvre of the German born sculptor was largely made up of commissions. In the beginning, he mainly created tombs. Medals, portrait busts of well-known personalities, monuments to victims and candelabras follow, partly for the religious (Jewish and Christian) context.
Elkan fled persecution by the German Nazi regime to Great Britain in 1934 and lived with his family in London until the end of his life. At this event, a presentation of the artist’s life and work is followed by in depth discussions of Elkan’s two most important works: For the first time, a virtual recreation of the Memorial to the Defenseless Victims of the Bombing War is presented here to the international public, followed by an in depth discussion of Elkan’s Menorah in Jerusalem.
And then we are embarking on an exciting new project, which will only be successful with everyone’s help: starting Wednesday, March 10 we are partnering with the Arolsen Archives to help build the largest digital memorial to the victims of Nazism.
Founded in 1947 by the Allies, the Arolsen Archives house about 30 million historical documents, out of which 27 million are accessible online. This translates to information on about 17.5 million people, including documents from Nazi concentration camps, ghettoes and penal institutions, documents about forced laborers, and documents from the early post-war period about Displaced Persons, mainly Holocaust survivors, former concentration camp prisoners, and forced laborers. People who had fled the sphere of influence of the Soviet Union for political reasons are also included.
Find out next week how every one of us can commemorate the victims of Nazism by helping to build the largest digital memorial (It’s very easy, I promise)!