Jewish children's monument (2013) Wim Quist

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About the artwork

The Jewish children's monument was established in memory of the 686 Rotterdam Jewish children from 0 to 12 years, who were deported from Loods 1942 to Westerbork in 1943 and 24. From there they went on transport to Auschwitz and Sobibor, where they were all killed. The steel arch is a design by architect Wim Quist. All the children's names and their ages are engraved on the bow. Quist has designed the memorial as a long ribbon; hemisphere, so that the viewer surrounds themselves with their names. The memorial stands at the remaining wall of Loods 24. This remnant was part of a long wall that fenced Loods 24 and from where around 7.000 Jews from Rotterdam and the surrounding area were transferred to Westerbork. From Loods 24 the deportations started on 30 July 1942 and therefore there is an annual memorial on 30 July. It Jewish children's monument was on 10 April 2013 unveiled by Mayor Aboutaleb. Almost 700 Rotterdam primary school pupils, guests and interested parties were present. Click here For more information.

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About the artist

Wim Quist (Amsterdam, 1930) graduated in 1960 from the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam, after which he established himself as an architect in Rotterdam. The geometric box shape and the visible construction are important themes in Quist's work. Characteristic are the regularly recurring diagonals in his design. From 1975 to 1979 he was Chief Government Architect. In 1995 his own desk has been merged with Architektenburo Wintermans to become Quist Wintermans Architekten. In Rotterdam, he designed various buildings, such as the Schaardijk (1977) drinking water complex, the Maritime Museum (1986), the (new) Rotterdamse Schouwburg (1988), the Willemswerf office building (1989) and the Robeco (1992) office building. Quist received the AJ van Eyck Prize (1970), the BNA Cube (1986), the David Roëll Prize (1990) and the Architecture Oeuvre Prize from the BKVB Fund (2007).

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