Art - Cissi Klein

Artist: Tone Ek & Tore Bjørn Skjølsvik (1997).
The persecution of Norwegian Jews started in earnest in the autumn of 1942. Cissi, who was 13 years old at the time, was taken out of her class at Kalvskinnet School by the Norwegian police and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where she died a year later. The girl waiting on the bench is a picture of an individual fate, but also a reminder of how the occupying forces treated Jews, as well as of the cruelty of war. The statue was unveiled on the 6th of October, 1997, the anniversary of the action against the Jews. Pupils from Kalvskinnet School participated in the unveiling. The school arranges a commemoration ceremony at the statue each year on the17th of May (Constitution Day in Norway). Tone Ek and Tore Bjørn Skjølsvik, both painters and sculptors, made the sculpture together.