Stockholm, Sweden – Swedish Artist Incorporates Ashes Of Holocaust Victims Into Painting

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    Controversial work was staged in one of the galleries in Lund.Stockholm, Sweden – A Swedish artist has done the unthinkable and is now being accused by Sweden’s Jewish community of desecrating the bodies of Jewish Holocaust victims.

    The Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/RCBN1v) that Carl Michael von Hausswolff stole the ashes of Holocaust victims on a 1989 visit to Majdanek, where an estimated 79,000 Polish Jews were murdered between 1941 and 1944. Mr. von Hausswolff later mixed those ashes with water and incorporated them into a painting featuring grey streaks. The so-called artwork is now hanging in a Swedish gallery in the city of Lund. The gallery owner has said he will not take down the painting despite the controversy.

    The display has angered many in Sweden’s Jewish community, including prominent leader Salomon Schulman who has called the painting “revolting.”

    In a letter to a local newspaper, Mr. Schulman wrote, “Who knows? Maybe some of the ashes originated from my relatives. No one knows where they were deported: all my mother’s siblings and their children, and my grandparents. I will never go to this gallery to view the desecration of Jewish bodies. I am sickened by his work and obsession with necrophilia.”

    Mr. von Hausswolff has defended his act of taking the ashes saying they seemed to “contain the memories and the souls of people: people tormented and murdered by other people in the most vicious war of the 20th Century.”


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