Romania plans Holocaust memorial in Bucharest

Deutsche Presse Agentur
Published: Wednesday August 23, 2006

Bucharest- A model by Romanian-born artist Peter Jacobi was declared the winner of a competition by the Romanian Ministry of Culture to find a suitable memorial to over 400,000 Holocaust victims to be erected in Bucharest, Mediafax news agency reported Wednesday. Jacobi now lives in Pforzheim, south-west Germany. A deadline for completion as well as an outline of the costs were not yet available. However, the foundation stone is set to be laid on Holocaust Memorial Day, October 9.

Jacob’s model envisions a sculpture in the shape of a seven-metre high building, which can be entered, and whose central element is a glass roof with metal beams. Light and shadows are reflected on the floor of black, polished granite.

This would “illustrate the passing of a lifetime,” Jacobi said.

A Star of David sculpture is to be erected beside the building in addition to a wheel, which has symbolic value for the Roma minority persecuted by the Nazis.

Texts and the names of Romanian Holocaust locations would be engraved on a glass fibre wall.

Jacobi was born in Ploiesti, Romania, in 1935. In 1971, he became a professor for design in Pforzheim. His work includes abstract sculptures, tapestries and photographs which have been exhibited in many international shows.

In 1974, Jacobi received the Lewis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in New York, in 1976 the Baden-Wuerttemberg State Prize and in 1981 the prize from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

From 1940 to 1944, Romania was an ally of Nazi Germany. In 1941, a pogrom was conducted against Jews in the north-eastern Romanian city of Iasi. Romania was also involved in building and operating concentration camps together with the Wehrmacht in seized Soviet areas.

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