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The mystery of Anne Frank in Córdoba

We tell you the story of the characteristic sculpture of the city that has a lot of history, just like its honored. This is the classic work that honors Anne Frank, located in Plaza España.

  This Anne Frank sculpture was made in 1995   and from that moment on, it was located opposite Plaza España, at the beginning of Deodoro Roca Avenue. It's a   tribute of the Jewish community of the DAIA   (Delegation of Argentinian Israeli Associations) and was conducted by a   Renowned Cordovan sculptor.   In 2013 the monument was vandalized   and his head torn   , which led to controversies and   collective outrage.   However, that was the beginning of a story full of back and forth.

A disaster

To heal the damage caused and   that everything goes back to normal   , the municipality   commissioned a replica who was held by the author of the work d   and according to the available records. This happened in 2015 and the person responsible for the restoration was   the architect Isaac Nahmias,   alleged author of the original work. He is   the former vice-president of the DAIA   (Delegation of Argentine Israeli Associations). The replica took several months and, at the time of the inauguration of the sculpture,   new controversies arose...  

The opening ceremony took place on 12 June, on the occasion of the   85th anniversary of the birth of Anne Frank.   When Mayor Ramón Mestre and leaders of the Jewish community unveiled   the new sculpture   , they were all surprised. The motive?   The null resemblance of the new face to that of the honored figure,   the little similarity between the previous and the present work and, furthermore,   lack of proportion   between the head and body of the statue.

Nothing was again what it was

  Between criticism and disappointment,   the local media and the people argued against the new tribute. The work was disproportionate and did not respect the human scale;   the figure exposed was robust   , while the honored girl was thin. And thousands of differences between what it was and what this work of art became. At the time of criticism, jokes and stories arose around sculpture. Even many brought up the memory of the lady who   restored the Ecce Homo de Borja.  

The truth of the milanese

  But, between so many twists and turns of sculpture   , an exceptional fact came to light. The true author of the work   it wasn't Isaac Nahmias,   who was responsible for the restoration, but   Carlos Beldever himself.   Thanks to the incidents,   did it know who had been the real   artist. The real story is that Nahmías hired him and that, after he had done the masterpiece,   he wasn't even invited   to the official inauguration (1995). In addition, at the second inauguration (2015), the architect received several recognition platelets for a work that,   actually, it didn't belong to him.  

Soon, and to restore order leaving the entire population quiet,   the original author of the work was summoned to restore Anne Frank's head,   which he achieved with ease,   giving it to the city   a sculpture worthy of admiration.

Start over

However,   This doesn't end here.   With all his trajectory d   and deception, plagiarism and spare parts,   Anne Frank's sculpture became an icon of Cordoba. It is one of the few busts that is already going   by his third head.     But history is reborn   again and again like the phoenix. This year   a doorman found the original head of the statue,   and the myths about sculpture go afloat.

  After seven years, the head appeared that had been extracted back in 2013.   The protagonist of this finding was a goalkeeper who discovered it while he was going to look for his motorcycle, walking along Obispo Oro Street at 450, in Nueva Córdoba neighborhood.

  “When I saw her I kicked her thinking it would be telgopor, but since it was a hard thing I came to see what it was. When I saw the sculpture I kept it because it seemed familiar to me,”   said Juan Jose Torres. When he returned to work this Tuesday morning, he contacted museum authorities to tell them about the find. In laughter, he said that authorities   from different museums           “they were fighting for who took it”   .   Finally, it was taken by Alfonso Uribe, from the   Cordoba Culture Agency.  

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