Poland probes artist's use of Holocaust victims' ashes
Published on Jan 9, 2013 6:11 AM
WARSAW (AFP) - Polish prosecutors have launched an investigation into a Swedish artist's claims he used the ashes of Holocaust victims in his artwork, an official said on Tuesday.
The artist, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, claims he stole ashes from a crematorium at Nazi Germany's Majdanek concentration camp in Poland in 1989 then used them in one of his paintings by mixing them with water.
"The prosecution opened an investigation into this matter Monday," said Beata Syk-Jankowska, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office in Lublin, south-eastern Poland.
The probe centres around potential charges of desecration of the dead or stealing human remains or graves, crimes punishable up to eight years in Poland. The statute of limitations for such acts normally carry a maximum of 15 years.
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