Faith and freedom (1961) Loeki Metz

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

During the occupation years a group of members of the resistance regularly met in the 'Faith and Freedom' building of the Dutch Reformed Church on the 1e Pijnackerstraat. The resistance group was led by Jacob Jan Hamelink. On 18 October 1942, the Sicherheitspolizei raided the building. Hamelink, Emanuel Zwitser and Teunis van Est were killed. The memorial Faith and freedom was designed by Loeki Metz and applied to the facade. The relief has the shape of a torch, a symbol of the resistance fire. The upper part of the relief represents the resistance in general, represented by a figure, who protects the victims underneath with spread arms. On the left women and children who are being taken away; on the right men who are put to work. The symbols of the essence of the resistance, Faith and Freedom, are placed on the shoulders of the tall figure as two small figures. Below the figure are the names of the fallen: JJ Hamelink, Emanuel Zwitser and Teunis van Est, their birth dates and the day of their departure. The lower part of the relief shows the production of illegal printed matter and the taking of fingerprints for false identity cards, a symbol of the work that the victims did. On 4 in May 1961, the day of the commemoration of the dead, this monument was unveiled in memory of these three members of the resistance. The unveiling was done by Mrs. C. Hamelink in the presence of Mayor Van Walsum and his wife.

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About the artist

Louise Estelle Julie, or Loeki Metz (Amsterdam, 1918 - Rotterdam, 2004) was a sculptor and medalist. She mainly worked with bronze, wood and silver and made project art and idea art. Her style was impressionistic and figurative. She was friends with Mari Andriessen and spent a long time in Amsterdam, The Hague, Paris and Rotterdam. Her education was at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. Metz is best known for its reliefs and tokens.

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