On the of May in 1940 Rotterdam was bombarded, which practically destroyed the entire city center. The missing heart of the city inspired the artist Ossip Zadkine to make his famous statue 'De Verwoeste Stad' (ENG: The Destroyed City). A male figure
Zadkine - Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The statue symbolizes the destruction of Rotterdam by German bombs in WWII.The center (heart) of Rotterdam was destroyed entirely. The statue's hole in the middle, symbolizes the 'missing heart of the city'.