Obj. ID: 51096
Modern Jewish Art Holocaust memorial in the Jewish Community Campus in Cape Town, South Africa, 2017
To the main object: Jewish Community Campus and Jewish Museum in Cape Town, South Africa
Who is Commemorated?
Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
The memorial stands at the entrance to the Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre which is situated in the Jewish Community Campus with two synagogues and the Jewish museum.
The memorial occupies a rectangle covered by small stones and bordered by a frame of large black stones. Inside the rectangle, there are 9 metal pillars: five high pillars (one with a hole in its upper part), two smaller pillars with holes and two low pillars. In front and between them are situated iron rods with upper parts featuring human faces. There are five tall rods, four smaller ones and four very small rods.
A metal plaque with a quote from Rutha Rosen explains the meaning of the composition.
Two metal plaques with donor’s and artist’s inscriptions are places on the stone border.
On a metal plaque:
This haunting sculpture takes us back to the inhumanity of our not
too distant past, and serves, in its elegant way, to remind us of that
which cannot be forgotten. The figures in the foreground, the men,
women and children, await their fate that the restless spirits, who
lurk between the walls of the concentration camps and the gas
chambers, know only too well. And we as observers become restless
too – we know the fate of those who are waiting. Yet the looming
towers that stand bold and strong, draw us back into the present
as monuments to our resolute commitment – Never Again!
Kaminer Family Trust (Benjamin and Gwen Kaminer)
Metal plaque in the far left corner: Artist David Liknaitzky - 2017
According to the donor's and artist's inscriptions, the monument was unveiled in 2017.