About Us

IMRA
IMRA
IMRA

 

Subscribe

Search


...................................................................................................................................................


Sunday, March 6, 2011
Design Chosen for the National Memorial to the Victory of the Red Army over Nazi Germany

Design Chosen for the National Memorial to the Victory of the Red Army over
Nazi Germany
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

In the framework of an international competition to design the national
memorial to the victory of the Red Army over Nazi Germany, the design of
three well-known Russian artists has been chosen. The memorial will be
built on the Netanya seashore, pursuant to a decision by Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu.

The memorial will depict the history of the Jewish people from its earliest
days until the liberation of the Jews who survived the Holocaust. Its goal
is to show appreciation for the significant role of the red Army in the
victory over Nazi Germany and in liberating Jews after the Holocaust.

The winning design features a maze in which the main tragic events in the
history of the Jewish People are marked, beginning with the exodus from
Egypt through the destruction of the Temple and the Holocaust of European
Jews. At the end of the maze, there is an exit into an open area with a
view of the sea. At its center, doves' wings the symbol of peace and the
goodness of the heart reach skyward. The winners are three well-known
Russian artists: Salavat Scherbakov, Vasiliy Perfiliev and Michail
Naroditsky.

Prime Minister Netanyahu praised the decision and said that the memorial
would express the great appreciation that we feel towards the Russian
people, who fought bravely against the Nazis, and played a decisive role in
the Allied victory in World War II and in liberating Jews from the death
camps. "Approximately 500,000 Jews fought in the Red Army and many of these
Jewish fighters live among us today here in Israel. The memorial will also
symbolize their contribution and heroism," the Prime Minister said.

The competition was held under the aegis of Keren Hayesod, which is
responsible for the implementation of the project. There is a budget of $1
million, contributed by Jews around the world, for its construction. The
winning design was chosen by a team of eight judges, who were appointed by
Prime Minister Netanyahu and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The judges
were Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser, Prime Minister's Office Director-General
Eyal Gabai, Russian Ambassador to Israel Pyotr Stegny, Russian Culture
Ministry representative Ann Novikova, Netanya Mayor Miriam Feirberg, Keren
Hayesod Chairman Eliezer Sandberg, Foreign Ministry Deputy Director-General
Pinchas Avivi and Council for Higher Education representatives architect
David Cassuto and Prof. Maoz Azaryahu. Architect Saadia Mendel served as
adviser to the committee.

Search For An Article

....................................................................................................

Contact Us

POB 982 Kfar Sava
Tel 972-9-7604719
Fax 972-3-7255730
email:imra@netvision.net.il IMRA is now also on Twitter
http://twitter.com/IMRA_UPDATES

image004.jpg (8687 bytes)