The firefighter. Bronze sculpture in front of Graz synagogue

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07.11.2023 10am - 12pm

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Art in Public Space, Externer Ort

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In cooperation with the Graz Museum, eleven students from the Graz Ortwein School, Department of Sculpture Object Design Restoration, worked intensively on aspects of the exhibition Jewish Life in Graz presented there. 


Peter Roskaric developed a fireman for the exhibition - a small bronze figure dressed in the uniform of the 1930s. Actually realized and erected in the immediate vicinity of the synagogue, it now functions as a memorial to the victims of the November pogroms.


On the night of November 9/10, 1938, the synagogue in Graz was completely burnt down in an attack. The firefighters stood idly by and only prevented the fire from spreading to nearby buildings.


Peter Roskaric, The firefighter

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek

Jakob Bock, Kathrin Lauppert-Scholz, Martin Hörl, Jasmin Haselsteiner-Scharner, Peter Roskaric, Günter Riegler, Elie Rosen, Sibylle Dienesch, Josef Schrammel, from left to right.

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum / J.J.Kucek

The artist Peter Roskaric in front of the sculpture of the firefighter.

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek

Peter Roskaric, the firefighter

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek