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Dark Elegy Collection

An inventory of the collection at the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: Cara A. Howe
Date: 2012

Historical Note

Dark Elegy in front of Lyman Hall

Dark Elegy is the sculpture created by Suse Lowenstein, mother of Syracuse University student and victim of Pan Am Flight 103 Alexander Lowenstein. It consists of 75 larger than life individual sculptures that depict women, mothers and wives, during the first moment when they discover their loved one has been killed. The statues are typically arranged in a circular pattern about 65 feet in diameter, but they may be re-arranged for display at different sites as Dark Elegy does not yet have a permanent home. The artists' goal is to donate the work for display in a public place where anyone may view it. If a public site is found, Suse and her husband Peter would use the money given them as reparations by the Gaddafi regime of Libya to have each statue cast in bronze.

Although Suse's personal tragedy arose from the bombing of Pan Am 103, she has dedicated Dark Elegy to all victims of terrorism. In her own words,

"This sculpture needs no language, it is understood by all. It is not political in any partisan sense. It knows no borders. Today, people all over the world are affected by terrorism. DARK ELEGY is a universal appeal for peace and dignity for all victims of senseless hate and vengeance called terrorism and will be a beacon for all peace loving people. DARK ELEGY stands as a reminder of that hatred."

More about Dark Elegy and Suse Lowenstein may be found on the website Remembering the Moment: Terrorisms Legacy.

Scope and Content Note

The Dark Elegy Collection contains Audiovisual Material, Clippings, Correspondence, Photographs, Printed material and Subject files relating to the exhibition of the statues on the campus of Syracuse University during the 1995-1996 academic year. The Printed material series is where flyers, announcements, programs and other visual materials may be found.


Access Restrictions:

School, college and department records are restricted to the office of origin for 30 years. Requests to use restricted records must be obtained in writing from the office of origin.

School, college and department records are restricted to the office of origin for 30 years. Requests to use restricted records must be obtained in writing from the office of origin.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Dark Elegy Collection. Related collections include:

Pan Am Flight 103 Audiovisual Collection

Pan Am 103 Clippings Collection

Pan Am 103 College of Law Collection

Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers

Pan Am Flight 103 Publications Collection

Selected Search Terms


Lowenstein, Suse.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.

Associated Titles

Dark Elegy.


Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Incident, 1988.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- History.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States.
Terrorism -- History -- 20th Century.
Lockerbie (Scotland)

Types of Material

Commemorative sculpture.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dark Elegy Collection,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The materials in the Dark Elegy Collection were donated by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, which had a large involvement in bringing Dark Elegy to Syracuse University in 1995-1996. Additional materials were donated by the Office of Institutional Advancement in 2016.

Processing Information

The Dark Elegy Collection has been processed.


The Dark Elegy Collection is arranged chronologically within the Clippings, Photographs and Printed material series, but alphabetically within the Audiovisual material, Correspondence and Subject files .

Table of Contents

Audiovisual naterials




Printed material

Subject files