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Art Controversy In Warsaw Ghetto Area

WARSAW — A statue of Adolf Hitler by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan has caused uproar here and abroad. The statue which portrays Hitler in a kneeling position is titled “HIM”.Hitler-statue-displayed-in-Warsaw

It has been placed in a secluded spot in the former Jewish ghetto in Warsaw. It can only be seen by peering through a hole in a wooden gate, so viewers can only see the back of the small figure in a courtyard.

The controversial piece of art has prompted sharp criticism. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish advocacy group, regarded the placement of the piece in Warsaw as “a senseless provocation which insults the memory of the Nazis’ Jewish victims.”

A statement by the organizers of the exhibit claim there was no intention to insult anyone by putting the piece in the former ghetto, but the desire to make people think about the nature of evil, as every criminal was once an innocent child.

The Warsaw Ghetto was an area sealed off by the Nazis in 1940 shortly after they invaded Poland in World War II. During the Nazi occupation, hundreds of thousands of Polish Jews died of hunger and diseases. Conditions in the ghetto were inhumane and designed as a form of ethnic cleansing.

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