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Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Peter Boiger

Peter Boiger is a sculptor who resides in Northern California. Born in Altotting, Germany, Boiger apprenticed with Hans Frank in Burghausen, Germany and came to the USA in 1964. His major accomplishment in the area of Holocaust Monuments is the Valley of the Destroyed Communities, at Yad VaShem in Jerusalem, Israel. It is a maze environment of stone, commemorating the Jewish communities of Europe destroyed by Nazi Germany during the Shoah, the Holocaust. It is a major part of the Yad VaShem complex.

  • Size: 360 x 300 x 27 feet high (120 x 100 x 9 meters)
  • Work on the Model Begun in 1983-85.
  • Project Inaugurated in 1992 in cooperation with Dan Zur, landscape architect in Israel. Boiger worked with Zur from 1983 onwards Boiger worked with Zur, especially on the 1:50 model of the Valley of the Destroyed Communities, exhibited at Tel Aviv University in 1996.
  • Yad VaShem lists the main architects as Lippa Yahalom and Dan Zur. Zur received the Israel Prize in 2002.

Below. Architectural model of Valley of the Destroyed Communities at Yad VaShem, 1985. (click on image to enlarge)


Below. Ha Emek Hakehilot Valley of the Destroyed Communited as completed, with aerial view. Photo taken by Aruk Hosehn. (click on image to enlarge)

Aerial view of the Valley, which appears like a maze.

Peter Boiger in the completed Valley.

The Holocaust Memorial for Temple Sinai, Oakland, California was completed in 1991.
Size: 60 x 48 x 8 inches (1.22 x .92 x 0.20 m). The image is that of a guard tower, in front of which are six distored facial images, in front of which is barbed wire.  There are places for six candles and a 7th, patterned after a Chanukah Menorah. To the left are the names of concentration and death camps and ghettos:

  • Auschwitz
  • Theresienstadt
  • Dachau
  • Mauthausen
  • Kovno (Ghetto)
  • Treblinka
  • Bergen Belsen
  • Majdanek (Maidanek)
  • Ravensbruck
  • Sobibor
  • Buchenwald
  • Belsec (Belzec)
  • Flossenburg


At the bottom in Hebrew: SHOAH

Related Articles

Peter Boiger's curriculum vitae.

Dedication of Temple Sinai Holocaust Memorial

Mystic Elements by Dorit Kedar - Al Hamishmar, Feb 8, 1985.

Peter Boiger - The Aspiration Upwards. Review by Alice Blitental, MAARIV, June 18, 1982

Spirit Materialised by David Gerstein, Kol Ha'Ir, Jerusalem, June 1982

Local sculptor creates memorial to European villages by Julie Freestone. Northern California Jewish Bulletin, November 17, 1989.

Sinai will dedicate powerful memorial to 6 million Jews by Tamar Kaufman. The Northern California Jewish Bulletin, March 29 1991.

Peter Boiger. The Jerusalem Post Magazine. June 4, 1982.

Boiger: altered states by Gil Goldfine. The Jerusalem Post Magazine. March 18, 1983.

Realites d'israel et du moyen-orient , March 1983

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