Bratislava [Hungarian: Pozsony, German: Pressburg]
Panská, facing/oproti 41, Bratislava
Date of Construction:
Peter Žalman, Lucia Žalmanová
Central Registry of Monument Fund:
The main Slovak Holocaust Memorial is located in the center of the Old Town of Bratislava, on the site of the former Neolog Synagogue demolished in 1967. The Memorial was erected in 1996 by the Slovak Republic to commemorate the memory of 105,000 Holocaust victims from Slovakia.
The location was not selected accidentally. The Holocaust memorial was composed as a place of public remembrance, where two layers of history intertwine: the memory of the tragic event and the memory of the former Rybné Square synagogue, still remembered by many Bratislavians, and which can be often found on historical photos hanging in Bratislava cafés.
The memorial consists of the black wall with silhouette of the destroyed synagogue and the central sculpture with non-figurative motif and a David Shield on the top, placed on the black granite platform with “zachor” [remember] and “pamätaj” inscriptions.
The plot of the former synagogue in owned by the Bratislava Municipality, which leases the site for an annual symbolical fee to the Museum of Jewish Culture, which maintains the memorial.