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Hitler statue in Holocaust site stirs controversy

Published on Jan 5, 2013 6:11 AM
Photo taken on Nov 21, 2012 shows a statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees (Him) by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan in Warsaw, Poland. Poland's chief rabbi on Friday voiced outrage over the statue. -- PHOTO: AFP

WARSAW (AFP) - 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 told AFP.

"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," Mr 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.

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