A new Holocaust Memorial sculpture by Konstantin Dimopoulos has been recently installed in Australia. And the Wind Whispered your Name was created by artist, Dimopoulos for the Leo Baeck Centre (LBC) in Melbourne. The sculpture is intimate and reverential, moving very gently, whispering softly. Dimopoulos is known internationally for his sculptures created from rods with works in both public and private collections in Boston, Denver, Palm Springs; and in Australia and New Zealand.
And the Wind Whispered your Name was dedicated by Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black as part of the Leo Baeck Centre’s Kristallnacht service. Speaking at the service and dedication were Pauline Rockman, OAM, President of the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne; and Holocaust Survivor, Stephanie Heller. Stephanie and her identical twin sister, Annetta Able (nee Heilbrunn) are both members of LBC. They were 19 when they were deported from Czechoslovakia to Auschwitz in 1944.
There they suffered at the hands of nazi doctor, Josef Mengele, known for his experiments on twins. That they survived and went onto lead healthy lives, including raising families and now with doting grandchildren, is a testament to their strength of spirit.
Dimopoulos says of his work “and the wind whispered your name is a memorial sculpture that focuses on the idea of simplicity and elegance. It’s a work that echoes or perhaps whispers the thought that in the midst of ugliness, in the midst of death and despair the enduring beauty of the human spirit will rise upwards towards the light.”