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Poland probes artist's use of Holocaust victims' ashes

Published on Jan 9, 2013 6:11 AM
 
In this undated photo, publicly provided by the State Museum of Majdanek, in Lublin, Poland, crematorium furnaces are pictured. On Monday Jan 7, 2013 Polish prosecutors have opened an investigation into a Swedish artist's claim that he used the ashes of Holocaust victims to make a painting. The artist, Carl Michael Hausswolf, wrote on the website of a gallery in Lund, Sweden, last year that he made a painting using ashes that he took from crematorium furnaces in Majdanek, a former Nazi German death camp located in eastern Poland, on a visit there in 1989. -- PHOTO : AP

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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