Benno Elkan’s memorial sculpture “Den Opfern” (To the Victims) is a symbol of the universal mourning for the victims of World War One.
Benno Elkan (1877-1960) was a German-Jewish sculptor and medalist. Born in Dortmund, he studied painting at the Royal Academy in Munich and later in Paris, where he befriended Paul Albert Bartholome. He returned to Germany in 1911 and learned sculpture on his own, creating a number of large tombstones, statues, and monuments. Elkan married Hedwig Einstein, a concert pianist and sister of Carl Einstien. Once the Nazis rose to power in 1933, he and his wife emigrated to London. In recognition of his artist contributions, he was made an Officer of the British Empire.
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Benno Elkan : next to his WW I memorial "Den Opfern", Leo Baeck Institute, F 1982B.