Holocaust Memorial at California Palace of the Legion of Honor

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Holocaust Memorial at California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

The Holocaust Memorial at California Palace of the Legion of Honor is a Holocaust memorial in San Francisco, California, overlooking the Golden Gate. It was created by artist George Segal out of white painted bronze.

Symbolism[edit]

Holocaust Memorial plaque

Several of the bodies in the sculpture were designed to be symbolic. One of the bodies resembles Christ, another is of a woman holding an apple. Both symbolize the connection between Jews and Christians. The only standing man is thought to be the sculptor's representation of Margaret Bourke-White's famous Life Magazine 1945 photograph of the liberation of Buchenwald.[1]

Vandalism[edit]

The memorial has been vandalized several times. The most common types of vandalism of the memorial are the graffiti of swastikas and the use of splashes of red paint.[2] Segal indicates that the vandalism is a reminder that antisemitism still exists.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "George Segal Monument". Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  2. ^ Rachel Gordon (2008-11-13). "Swastikas deface S.F. Holocaust Memorial". SF Gate. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 

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Coordinates: 37°47′04″N 122°30′03″W / 37.78444°N 122.50083°W / 37.78444; -122.50083