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NZ button project to be part of children’s Holocaust memorial

A New Zealand memorial for European children killed during the Holocaust has been designed and built by Massey University creative arts lecturer Matthijs Siljee.

It consists of a 2.4-metre high sculpture of 12 ascending tables, each higher than the previous one. Their glass tops display 1.5 million buttons collected by NZ children as part of a Holocaust education project initiated by Justine Hitchcock, a former principal of Moriah College in Wellington.

The project used buttons as a way to visualize the number of children killed in Nazi death camps and attacks against Jewish families.

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