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    Nathan Rapoport (1911-1987), who is also known as Natan Rapoport, was a Jewish sculptor who was born in Warsaw, Poland. His middle name may be rendered in English as either Yaakov or Jacob. In 1936, he won a scholarship to study in France and Italy. He fled to the Soviet Union when the Nazis  invaded Poland. The Soviets initially provided him with a studio, but later compelled him to work as a manual laborer. After the end of hostilities, he returned to Poland to study at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. In 1950, Rapoport immigrated to the United States, where he lived in New York until his death in 1987.

    His sculptures in public places include:

        * Liberation (Holocaust Memorial), 1987, bronze, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey
        * The Wall of Remembrance (Warsaw Ghetto Memorial), in Warsaw, Poland.
        * Monument to Mordechai Anilewicz at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Israel
        * The Last March, bronze sculpture in Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel
        * The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, bronze sculpture in Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel
        * Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial at Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA.

    NJ - Jersey City: Liberty State Park - Liberation

    NJ - Jersey City: Liberty State Park - Liberation Liberation, Nathan Rapoport's memorial to the Holocaust, was cast in 1984 and dedicated in Liberty State Park on May 30, 1985. The oversized bronze figural group depicts an American soldier carrying World War II Jewish concentration camp survivor. Although created in 1984, its style is reminiscent of the slightly stylized artwork of the 1930s and 1940s.

    Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs

    Nathan Rapoport, 1964

    Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs

    The base of the memorial has inscriptions in both English and Hebrew
    front (English):
    Presented to the City of Philadelphia by the Association of Jewish New Americans in cooperation with the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia, April 26 1964.
    right (English):
    Remember Drancy, Flossenberg, Gross-Rosea, Klooga, Ewow-Janowska, Majdanek, Mauthausen, Newengamme, Auschwitz, Babi-Yar, Belzic, Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Chelmno, Dauchau, Ponary, Ravensbruck, Sachsenhausen, Sobibor, Stutthof, Therestenstadt, Trebeinka, Westerbork.
    left (English):
    The Holocaust 1933-1945.
    Now and forever enshrined in memory are the six million Jewish martyrs who perished in concentration camps, ghettos, and gas chambers. In their deepest agony they clung to the image of humanity, and their acts of resistance in the forests and ghettos redeemed the honor of man. Their suffering and heroism are forever branded upon our conscience and shall be remembered from generation to generation.
    16th, Arch, and the Parkway


        * Gilbert, Martin. (1987), The Holocaust, New York, Random House, 1987, 317-324.
        * Sohar, Zvi, Fighters Memorial, Monuments to the Fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Sifriat Poalim, Workers' Book Guild, 1964.
        * Yaffe, Richard, Nathan Rapoport Sculptures and Monuments, New York, Shengold Publishers, 1980.

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