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May 5, 2010

New book — “Holocaust Memorials: The Emergence of a Genre” by Harold Marcuse

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:49 am

Harold Marcuse, a History professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara, has written a new book about Holocaust Memorials at the former camps and other places.  I am currently reading the book, and so far, it seems to be all inclusive as far as Holocaust Memorials are concerned. The book includes photos of all the memorials, including one of my photos on page 79.

Sculpture at Sachsenhausen Memorial Site

(Click on the photo to enlarge.)

Here is the caption for the photo:

Figure 23: Waldemar Grzimek, sculpture in the ruins of Sachsenhausen crematorium, 1961, height ca. 2.2 meters.  These more abstract figures contrast with the heroic group on the main Sachsenhausen memorial.  Photo courtesy of

Here is the text in the book, which describes the photo:

“A second memorial sculpture by Waldemar Grzimek, the sculptor of the  bell in the Buchenwald tower, stands among the ruins of the crematorium and execution site at the near by edge of the prisoners’ compound.  Only moderately larger than life-size in the more restrained figurative style of the Ravensbrück and Dachau statues, it depicts two inmates, one standing and one bent over, holding a cloth that supports the corpse of a comrade.”

This photo was taken in 2001 with a digital camera that was state-of-the-art at that time and very expensive ($1200).  Today’s digital cameras are cheaper and far surpass this old camera, which I donated to Good Will a long time ago.

I am not positive, but I think the sculpture, that is shown in my photo above, has been moved and is now in a different spot at the Sachsenhausen Memorial Site.


  1. Where can I find a copy of this book? It does not seem to be available through libraries – not even on WorldCat.

    Comment by Betsy Partyka — May 28, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

  2. Sorry, I forgot to mention where the Jasenovac plaque was: in NY City.

    Comment by paolos — May 8, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

    • I haven’t studied the Chelmno and Jasenovac camps, so I don’t know how many deaths there were in these camps. Personally, I don’t consider the USHMM to be authoritative.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 8, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

  3. I looked at the Chelmno memorial a few months ago, and it presented a different number of deaths than that provided by the Holocaust museum. Should I be concerned? Personally I take the US Holocaust Museum numbers to be more authoritative. I also found an error in the memorial plaque to the victims of Jasenovac, Croatian camp. It was double the current estimate of how many died there.

    Comment by paolos — May 8, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

  4. I sent Harold Marcuse many moons ago. I asked him, as the leading english speaking expert on Dachau and its post war history, if he knew if and when and why the Dachau cremtorium chimney was rebuilt.
    I couldnt see this in his earlier book on Dachau and I couldnt find this in some of the materials the Dachau Gedenkstätte sent me.

    Its easy to tell the chimney has been rebuilt, if you look at color photos at liberation and today, today’s chimney is much shorter and has white bands, that on a visit to the site I decided were layers of motar, not present during liberation.

    It’s not the most pressing of historical issues, but expect such happenings to be recorded and to have a cause.
    So although I wasn’t really surprised, I didn’t get an answer from Prof. Marcuse.

    You might find the question of interest yourself to complete your scrapbook pages.

    Comment by littlegreyrabbit — May 5, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

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