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  'Darkness, Grow the Morrow' Holocaust Memorial in Göteborg, Sweden (2009)

© Vladimir Levin, Photographer: Levin, Vladimir, 05.2022

Memorial Name

Darkness, Grow the Morrow

Who is Comemmorated?

Victims of the Holocaust among the relatives of the members of the Jewish Community of Göteborg (Gothenburg)

Description

This memorial is one of a pair of monuments (the other being here) commemorating the Jewish victims of the Holocaust from Göteborg. Its most notable element is a bronze pillar, at the top of which is a green glass cone that is internally lit at all times, an eerie green eternal flame. It shines over a section of a train rail and seven pairs of bronze shoes, sized to be children's shoes.

At the base of the pillar are two inscriptions; one is the name of the memorial and what appears to be the artist's signature, and the other appears to be the insignia of the company that cast the piece.

On a cobblestone next to the memorial is a plaque with a QR code for more information.

Inscriptions

On the base of the pillar (Swedish)

mörker, väx morgondag
Kent Karlsson 2009
[transcriber's note, the signature's transcription is assumed based on artist's name]

Translation: darkness, grow the morrow / Kent Karlsson 2009

On the QR plaque

Swedish

Nyfken pa konstverket?

Scanna QR-koden eller läs mer pa
goteborgkonst.se/konstkartan

English

Curious about the artwork?

Scan the QR code or visit
goteborgkonst.se/artmap

 Comissioned by

The Jewish Community of Göteborg

Summary and Remarks
Remarks

16 image(s)

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Name/Title
Darkness, Grow the Morrow | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
2009
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
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Congregation
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Location
Sweden | Göteborg (Gothenburg)
| Bastionsplatsen 2
Site
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Period
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Shape / Form
Material / Technique
Bronze
Paint
Glass
Steel
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
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Colors
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Measurements
Height: 4.0 meters
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Condition
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
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Condition of Building Fabric
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Significance Rating
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
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Coin Ruler
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Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
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Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance

The Jewish Community of Göteborg began plans for the creation of a Holocaust Memorial in the 1980s, intending to create a memorial listing the names of all the relatives of community members murdered in the Holocaust, but due to funding issues, the project was put on hold until the late 1990s. The Community partnered with  Göran Johansson, then chairman of the municipal executive committee of the City of Göteborg to secure funding, on the condition that the monument be publicly available.

Due to concerns of vandalism to the list of victims' names, and the trauma that could cause to their relatives, the monument was split into two parts; one at Bastionplasten and the other at the synagogue.

Kent Karlsson, the artist of the piece and native of Göteborg, said about the piece:

The shoes and rail stand for the realistic and the bronze column for the living. I’ve cast the inside of some used shoes in order to make visible the form of the space inside each shoe—the space that is formed when the weight of the body presses out against the shell that surrounds the foot and makes it possible to leave a personal impression. The rail is an example of an object that is intended to be an aid and benefit to man, but could also fulfill the opposite purpose.

The memorial was unveiled in 2009 in a dedication that was accompanied by the blowing of a shofar.

Main Surveys & Excavations
Sources

"Mörker, väx morgondag" Göteborg Konst website (konstkartan), https://goteborgkonst.se/artwork/morker-vax-morgondag (accessed July 16, 2023)
Type
Documenter
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Author of description
Adam Frisch | 2023
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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The following information on this monument will be completed: