No official name
Who is Commemorated?
Jews from Čakovec murdered in Auschwitz
The monument is situated near the entrance to the cemetery, on the southern side of the entrance plaza. It occupies the plot of a prominent family grave adjacent to two additional prominent family graves, which consist of a wall and a roof supported by two columns.
The monument consists of a clay statue on a pedestal. The statue presents a medieval executioner ("a Nazi hangman," according to Etz-Haim, p. 164) with a knife in his right hand. With his left hand, he holds the hand of a naked woman, kneeling at his feet, who holds a baby in her other hand. The base of the statue features a scratched date: 21.V.1944 – the day when the Čakovec Jews deported to Auschwitz were murdered there (Etz-Haim, p. 135).
A marble plaque on the monument’s pedestal features a dedicatory inscription in Croatian, preceded by the Hebrew abbreviation פ"נ (here is buried), though nobody is buried under the monument (Etz-Haim, p. 164).
On the base of the statue:
On the pedestal:
1941 – 1945
Translation: Here is buried. In memory of our dear deceased, 1941 - 1945.
The Jewish Community of Čakovec