STORY OF KRISTALLNACHT MEMORIAL


 

Thirty-one memorials to victims of the Holocaust have been built in the United States. But now there are only 30.

Sculptor Marika Somogyi created "Night of Broken Glass" in 1975 and donated it to the Magnes Museum. The 7 foot sculpture was too large to be housed inside the museum, and so it was installed outdoors. However, the acrylic-painted plaster memorial absorbed moisture and deteriorated over the years, so it was removed and a mold was made—in the hope that it could be cast in bronze and relocated to an appropriate site in the future. 
Here is how this sculpture is described by Sybil Milton in "In Fitting Memory: The Art and Politics of Holocaust Memorials":
"The sculpture - made from cast stone, stainless steel and glass - consists of three linked figures, enveloped in a black shroud-like shape; at the bottom is a hollow area containing fragments of broken glass. The figures represent broken lives and physical pain, but this work also contains an element of hope since the figures rise above the glass shards. It is the only sculpture in the United States commemorating the November 1938 pogrom, known as Kristallnacht (Crystal Night)."

To see how this memorial would look at various sites around the world click here


"Night of Broken Glass" Sculpture

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