Hitler statue in Holocaust site slammed

2013-01-05 13:01

Warsaw - Poland's chief rabbi on Friday voiced outrage over a statue of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler kneeling at a Holocaust site in Warsaw, part of an installation by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan.

"When it comes to showing the figure of Hitler, we have an extra special responsibility to be sensitive to those who suffered because of what Hitler created, to Holocaust survivors, to non-Jewish survivors, to those who didn't survive," Rabbi Michael Schudrich said.

"To place it right here, on Prozna Street, part of the old Warsaw ghetto, is lacking in that sensitivity and therefore it creates a problem for me," Schudrich said.

The wax statue depicts Adolf Hitler with a child's body dressed in a grey suit, kneeling in prayer. It was installed in a courtyard of the former Warsaw Ghetto in mid-November.

Only the back of the statue is visible, and the figure goes unnoticed by most passers-by.

Distortion of history

Cattelan was invited to create the installation titled Him by Warsaw's Centre for Contemporary Art.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem also recently slammed locating the statue "in the centre of what was the Warsaw Ghetto as a tasteless misuse of art, which insults the Nazis' victims".

"A 'praying' Hitler purposely placed in the centre of the area of the Warsaw Ghetto is a total distortion of the history of World War II and the Holocaust," Efraim Zuroff, the centre's director, said in a statement published on its website.

A year after its invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939, Nazi Germany imprisoned nearly half a million Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto inside a walled-off 4kmĀ² area of the city, mostly around its traditional Jewish quarter.

About 100 000 were to die inside from starvation, disease or summary execution, while others were deported to death camps. The Nazis razed the site in 1943 after the failed Ghetto Uprising.

  • furlong.lubisi.7 - 2013-01-05 13:22

    Hitler ne!!!

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2013-01-05 13:55

    Mholhuysen still doesn't make it right. If people gave a damn the holocaust could have been stopped ealier...

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2013-01-05 13:55

      george.pito - 2013-01-05 15:43

      And America nuked Japan

      george.pito - 2013-01-05 15:47

      Whats the diffrence America nuked Japan. Robert friends of Zuma, Mandela were caught with thousands of handgrenates etc.

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2013-01-05 14:02

    Mense , let Hitler rest in peace , first of all , the people supported him to get where he was . History taught us a lesson through him . Our challenge today is people supporting ou Zoom-zoom , whose not that bright politically and otherwise , leading us to disaster .

  • mordikaai.speak - 2013-01-05 14:23

    Not your family for sure

  • mordikaai.speak - 2013-01-05 14:24

    Wrong war

  • johnny.potatoes61 - 2013-01-05 15:25

    It's just a statue.

      steve.dupreez - 2013-01-05 15:53

      Are you saying that it's okay because it's "just rape" or it's just a "farm killing".

      johnny.potatoes61 - 2013-01-05 16:08

      How did you get from statue to rape and farm killings? Where do farm killings and rape fit in here?

  • adryjoey.clarke - 2013-01-05 18:29

    The same people are currently holding the state of palestine in the same conditions.. Thought wht happened to them would make them more humane, Just mention Hitler and the tears come rollingout.

      Robi Michael Schiffman - 2013-07-02 13:21

      are you f**ked in the head?

  • vandal.svz - 2013-01-05 19:01

    Gosh, there really is a lack of history, knowledge and indifferent compassion on this site!! 3 Evils and Hitler was # 2!! Comments like 'voted into power' not so see Night of the Long Knives! 'Just art' you kidding i hope! Geez, racism and anti semitics all over? A racist is a closet individual in public, not behind a PC....sheep!! A anti Jew is outspoken both in public and behind a PC...because as sheep they are in the majority, so feel safe! Hitler was anti Jew, he was also anti Black and anti Gypsy!! He exterminated his own people who were either invalids or born with defects...not pure, not part of the superior race he wanted to build!! He was never a man of God, so the statue is an insult and history should depict him as a sick f**#k as should Stalin who mudered over 3 million of his own people as well as family he saw as a threat!! But then it's better to be part of the herd (safety in numbers) than an individual who stands alone because of appears!!

  • fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-06 06:23

    "A 'praying' Hitler purposely placed in the centre of the area of the Warsaw Ghetto is a total distortion of the history of World War II and the Holocaust," Tell that to your Zionist cousins in Israel who have imprisoned over a million Palestinians in the occupied territories! The Jews have been terrorising the world with their Holocaust-stories long enough. It is about time to move on. The Belgians perished more than 10 million Congolese. The US exterminated the Native of America. "The shattering effect of the holocaust on the Christian conscience results in a feeling of collective indebtedness to the Jews."

  • vandal.svz - 2013-01-07 01:24

    I doubt the Jews play the holocaust card, quite the opposite..they value life..they have moved on long ago. Christians have never been subjected to 'guilt' though for a time the German population were made to clean up the aftermath by the alies which inflicted guilt on the nation. Hitler seized power and survived numerous assination attempts early in the war from his own Generals. The area was given back to Israel and the arabs in the area were promised to be absorbed into nations..a collective offer from surrounding arab states..which they never honoured. Israel did not force them out of the land, they were welcomed to stay, but most fled believing they would be killed..never happened, but Israel have defended their land ever since. They fought off a few wars and even allowed Jerusalem to be split, don't forget a Mosque was then built on their holy site where their Temple had existed for thousands of years..have they destroyed it? No! Palastines became a misplaced people by arab betrayal and their own choice..Hamas no controls the area and they have one aim and that is to wipe out Israel and all it's citizens, so get facts straight! Israel is a 1st world country..the only one in the Middle East! Jews embrace life..not war, Jews will defend Israel to the death, they are a nation. They don't look or want sympathy from anyone..maybe the fact that they are successful worldwide pisses every one off. The Vatican helped Nazis escape, with no guilt! Leave what you know jack about!!!

  • vandal.svz - 2013-01-07 15:56


  • catlover - 2013-01-10 10:46

    How would you like to live a normal life one day, wake up the following morning to a life of hell?? Why? Because u a different religion!!! You lot have no idea. Why not put up statues of the British that put the women and children in concentration camps in South Africa? After all said and done, it was only women and children that died for nothing. And it would only be a statue. Toddle off now to get your brandy and coke, thats the limit of your knowledge. A trip to the fridge in the kitchen..... Especially you Patrick Edwards, you racist pig.

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