The Scroll of Fire – גבילי אש
Scroll of Fire (Feuerrollen) is a monument found in the Jerusalem hills, and it commemorates the Holocaust and Independence. This site should be on the itinerary of all visitors to Israel, Jewish and Gentile alike.
The monument was inaugurated in 1971. The initiative for the monument came from B’nai B’rith of the United States, and was funded by them. The monument was sculptured by the artist Nathan Rapoport, who is a Holocaust survivor. The photos in this post were taken by me when I personally visited there with my friends from the Tour Guide School. A future guide must experience each site and attraction himself.
The sculpture is made of bronze and is eight meters high. It is in the shape of two scrolls, a gesture to the Jewish nation being the “People of the Book”. One of the scrolls describes the Holocaust and the other describes independence.
The Scroll of Fire is one of the most beautiful sculptures in Israel. Located in what is the single largest memorial to the Holocaust in the world, the Martyrs Forest in the Jerusalem hills, it is an imposing work rich in detail and history – it tells the story of the rebirth of the nation from the Holocaust up to the Six Day War. The sculpture commands a spectacular view of its surroundings.
In the scroll describing the Holocaust, there are sculptured among others Janusz Korczak and his children, a row of helmets symbolizing the Nazi soldiers, a member of The Ghetto Fighters holding a grenade, and other characters behind fences of concentration camps. This scroll ends with holocaust survivors immigrating to Israel in Aliyah Bet, people from Israel helping them get off the boats, and a Jewish man kissing the Land of Israel.
In the scroll describing independence, there are sculptured symbols of Israel, such as: Olive trees, a child holding a cluster of grapes, a man blowing a shofar near the Western Wall, the menorah as described in the Arch of Titus, an old character representing Elijah, people dancing Hora and flags flying near an angel blowing a trumpet.
In the space between the two scrolls, there are two rooms of memorial, and in each one is engraved a quote from the bible.
Free parking. No entrance fee.
Ask you guide to take you to the Scroll of Fire.