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Reference WMO267206

Address:

Kirkcaldy War Memorial Gardens

Abbotshall Road

Kirkcaldy

KY1 1YG

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Other sculpture
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: The sculpture is in the shape of a doorway and has symbols carved into it in from a special language that was created across Europe and America in the 1930s and 1940s. The language was formulated by people who were displaced from thier own communities and cultures and the symbols tell people that this is a safe place. There is an explanatory metal plaque.
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"We are as big or as small as the space/we make for others who are not like us"/Rabbi Jonathan Sachs// This piece of public art is intended as a mark of/respect for all victims of the Holocaust and of/genocide. It marks a local determination to/challenge racism and intolerance. This structure/made from indigenous oak symbolises languages/created across Europe and America in the 1930's/and 1940's by people who were displaced and/apart from their own communities and cultures./The symbols were scratched onto walls or doors/and served to identify the nature of the place./This symbol means "This is a safe place."

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