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Impressive bronze statue, “Ahavat HaTorah” (Love of Torah). Nicky Imber, stamped and numbered

Wonderful bronze statue depicting a Jew tightly hugging the Sefer Torah. The statue expresses the Jewish concept of “Ahavat HaTorah”. Signed “Nicky Imber.” On a black wooden base. Total weight: 9.3kg. Height: 45cm. Numbered 4 of 25. Nicky Imber is the nickname of Ignaz Imbermann (1920-1996), a Jewish sculptor and photographer who made a series of statues entitled “From Shoah to Tekumah” placed in the public park of Carmiel. Imber was born in Vienna in 1920 (a relative of Naftali Herz Imbar, the author of HaTikvah). After the annexation of Austria by the Nazis in 1938, he was sent to Dachau where he managed to escape. In 1943 he joined the British Army, and after the war lived in Canada and South Africa, where he developed his art. Between 1978-81 he built a huge series of statues commemorating the Shoah and Judaism’s rebirth, placed at the art park at the entrance to the city of Carmiel. At that time he moved to Israel. He died in 1996 in Vienna
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