Monuments in Torremolinos
by Tony Bryant
Along with this impressive collection of sculptures, Torremolinos also features numerous other works, including the Monument to Andalucía, a piece known to most as “the flamenco sculpture”;
Los Abuelos, a statue dedicated to grandparents installed on the junction in Calle Hoyos; the monument in honour of Picasso’s ‘two dancing ladies, located on the seafront of Playamar; the sculpture of Picasso himself, in Plaza Picasso; and Zeus and Europa, which can be viewed in Plaza de Europa.
One of the most sentimental monuments can be found on the roundabout in Calle Violeta Friedman; a street named after a survivor of Auschwitz. Violeta Friedman, who, through her fight for tolerance and remembrance, led Spain to reform its legal code, earning her a permanent place in history.
The five-metre-high monument was erected in memory of victims of the Holocaust (Shoah). The monument, a six-armed menorah (Hebrew for candelabra) recalls the crimes that led to the annihilation of ethnic groups and, above all, the six million Jews murdered in the genocide during WWII.
The monument was inaugurated in 2021 by Avner Shalev (president of the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre), an essential figure in the education and dissemination of the memory of the Holocaust. Established in 1953 as the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations.