The Forest of the Martyrs (Ya’ar HaKdoshim) is a wood situated on the western edge of the Eshtaol forest on the outskirts of Jerusalem. It was planted as a memorial to those who perished in the Holocaust and will eventually have six million trees. It contains a sculpture by Nathan Rapoport entitled “Scroll of Fire”, a monolith covered with scenes in the shape of hieroglyphs that relate the history of the Jewish people.
The painting is an emblem of universal lamentation for the Six Million who perished in a manner that will always remain unfathomable. Abigail surrounds Rapoport’s memorial with stylised trees in the emblematic art nouveau style of Ephraim Moses Lilien (1874-1925). Their sheltering shape outlines a teardrop. The numinous female entity of the Shekhinah hovers above Rapoport’s relief. Above on the left, an owl plunges down in the star-studded universe. It is a symbol of wisdom and the intuitive ability to see what is hidden. On the right Abigail appears weeping, as the counterpart of the owl, and like the owl with her own ability to see what is hidden.