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Ravensbruck Monument a War Memorial on the Museumplein Amsterdam, Netherlands

The monument is commemorating the women
who were prisoners in the Ravensbrück concentration camp 1939-1945.
A stainless steel column, which emits light and sound signals, forms the core of the sculpture.
The light and sound signals are reflected by eleven vertical stainless steel panels.Harsh sounds swell and fade away.
The sounds are transformed into light that intensifies and is extinguished.
The sound waves symbolize the prisoners who were tortured and murdered.
The light symbolizes the meaning they still have now for us who survived.




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Museumplein in the centre of Amsterdam.
In the distance the Rijksmuseum.


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Light and sound signals.


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The monument with column and reflection panels.



Text: "Women of Ravenbrück 1940 - 1945.
" To those who persevered to the utmost in saying NO to fascism."


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Back side of the monument with view at the Van Gogh Museum.


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Commemorative meeting.


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Full light.


The light extinguishes.

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Harsh sounds swell and fade away.
The sounds are transformed into light that intensifies and is extinguished.
The sound waves symbolize the prisoners who were tortured and murdered.
The light symbolizes the meaning they still have now for us who survived.



Ravensbrück, the only major Nazi camp designated for women, is situated on a small lake opposite the city of Fürstenberg, more than 130,000 women and children had been imprisoned by the end of World War II.
The camp was the site of medical experiment and of thousand of executions both by shots to the back of the neck and by gas.

Since most of the prisoners had been evacuated in late March, the Soviet Army found around 3500 desperately ill women when they liberated the camp on the night of April 29-30, 1945.

Currently the camp is a museum.
A model of the the monument in Amsterdam is placed in the Dutch museum cell.

see www.ravensbruck.nl


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Title: Ravensbrück monument

Description: the war monument on the Museumplein in the centre of Amsterdam is commemorating
the women who were prisoners in the Ravensbrück concentration camp 1939-1945.
A stainless steel column, which emits light and sound signals, forms the core of the sculpture.

The signals are reflected to bystanders by eleven vertical stainless steel panes.
Harsh sounds swell and fade away. The sounds are transformed into light that intensifies and is extinguished.
The sound waves symbolize the prisoners who were tortured and murdered.
The light symbolizes the meaning they still have now for us who survived
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Concept: Light, sound, shape and text emanate from the same concept.
Text: Women of Ravenbruck 1940 - 1945. To those who persevered to the utmost in saying NO to fascism.
Completed: 1975. In 1999 renovation
Project duration: 25 year
Medium: stainless steel, light, sound and text
Project Manager: Municipality of Amsterdam
Commissioning Agency: Municipality of Amsterdam
Budget: euro 300.000
Remarks: The commission went to Joost van Santen, Guido Eckhardt and Frank Nix. Design Joost van Santen

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Design sketches of column, light and sound, reflection panels and text by Joost van Santen



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