9841 – ein Denkmal für Johann Rukeli Trollmann

The sculpture “9841” was erected in 2012 on the grounds of the Festspielhaus by the artist group BEWEGUNG NURR. It is reminiscent of Johann “Rukeli” Trollmann, the German boxing champion in the light heavyweight of 1933, who was persecuted and murdered as Sinto in National Socialism. NURR wrote: “In the media, politics and everyday consciousness, prejudices against Sinti and Roma are constantly repeated. In the fight against racism and antiziganism no one may lean back.

“A boxing ring lowered at the corners. No support in it. Boxing gloves entangled in themselves, which serve as shackles instead of for attack and defence. Children love to get into this boxing ring and leave it to gravity. They run up, but the inclination of the ground lets them run down again and again. A game for them. The artist group BEWEGUNG NURR , consisting of Alekos Hofstetter, Christian Steuer, and Florian Göpfert, has created a monument to an extraordinary Sinto-German boxer with its sculpture of a steel boxing ring with a concrete surface, who was denied success and social advancement under National Socialism.
On 19 October 2012, the monument 9841 was inaugurated in Dresden. Originally planned as a temporary monument for six weeks, it still stands in the eastern exterior area of the Festspielhaus Hellerau together with a plaque informing about Johann Rukeli Trollmann. It is freely accessible to all visitors.” Frauke Wetzel
To the complete article “9841 – a monument for Johann Rukeli Trollmann in Dresden” by Frauke Wetzel in the context of Weiterdenken – Heinrich-Böll-Stifung Sachsen

The artist collective BEWEGUNG NURR was founded in 1989 by Alekos Hofstetter, Christian Steuer and Daniel H. Wild in Dresden. From 1996 to 2008 BEWEGUNG NURR worked in the constellation Alekos Hofstetter, Christian Steuer, Lokiev Stoof. The Dresden artist Florian Göpfert has been a member of BEWEGUNG NURR since 2011. In 2003 BEWEGUNG NURR founded the artist initiative S-FOR and collaborates with artists such as Tina Born, Alen Hebilovic, Sven Kalden, Andreas Koch and Christine Weber.