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Swedish artist uses Jewish Holocaust victims' ashes for painting
http://www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | december 5, 2012 | matthew day

Posted on 12/05/2012 2:39:51 PM PST by lowbridge

Carl Michael von Hausswolff mixed the ashes from the infamous Nazi facility with water to compose a small painting of grey streaks. The work now hangs in a gallery in the Swedish city of Lund.

But Salomon Schulman, a leading voice in Sweden's Jewish community who lost many relatives to the Holocaust, has condemned the painting as "revolting".

"Who knows," he wrote in a letter to a local newspaper. "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 and it as view the desecration of Jewish bodies," he added. "I am sickened by his work and obsession with necrophilia."

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: holocaust; sourcetitlenoturl; sweden

1 posted on 12/05/2012 2:39:57 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Sweden helped Hitler it no wonder this douche is making this disgusting display.


2 posted on 12/05/2012 2:45:25 PM PST by crazydad (Obamamohamed is a traitor)
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To: lowbridge

I have kept a small quantity of my wifes ashes. Granted she died from cancer, not in the holocaust. The ashes provide a sort of contact with her. If the painting is treated with reverence it may be the sort of reminder that the Holocause Museum is.


3 posted on 12/05/2012 2:49:19 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: lowbridge

The first thing that came to my mind was the lamp shades made out of Jewish people’s skin. I guess it isn’t a far stretch to have someone’s ashes made into a painting. I guess I grew up differently.. I was taught to respect the dead. I don’t care if the painting are masterpiece quality... it just seems morbid to me.


4 posted on 12/05/2012 2:49:26 PM PST by momtothree
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To: lowbridge

How did it come to pass that these ashes were just given out willy nilly? They ought to have stayed with the museum, otherwise it was just asking for some ass to do something like this (even if well meaning).


5 posted on 12/05/2012 2:55:58 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: muir_redwoods

I wouldn’t do that with anybody’s ashes or remains unless they asked me to do it and I could somehow legally do it.

“’Tan me hide when I’m dead... Fred;
Tan me hide when I’m dead....’
So we tanned his hide when he died, Clyde
And that’s it hanging on the shed!”

This would NOT apply to someone who was murdered — in Nazi Germany or elsewhere — of course. I don’t know why they keep the lamp shades; those ought to be burned too and the ashes kept.


6 posted on 12/05/2012 2:59:32 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: lowbridge

Sort of reminds me of the film “The Red Violin”


7 posted on 12/05/2012 3:00:16 PM PST by SparkyBass
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To: muir_redwoods

“... if the painting is treated with reverence....”

I think the issue may be that the people and family didn’t consent. Granted, the people were murdered because they were Jews and the families have no idea what ash could be a loved one. If the artist chose to use his wife’s ashes... I don’t think there would be an outcry simply because his wife (or he) consented to her cremation and he would be able to do what he wanted with her ashes. I am sorry to hear about your wife and I am happy that her ashes bring you a small amount of comfort.


8 posted on 12/05/2012 3:01:49 PM PST by momtothree
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To: muir_redwoods; lowbridge
The artist, Mr. Von Hausswolff, said the ashes appeared 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". If you take his words at face value, he is trying to give a voice to the victims, and taking a stand against the Nazi aggressos.

I'd never heard of Hausswolff before, but a little mousing around on the Internet uncovers hints that he is primarily an audio, not a visual artist. He has some sort of notion that voices never really disappear, but leave faint vibes or echoes which one might pick up from radio static or enhanced auditory recordings made in abandoned buildings, ancient archaeological sites and such.

I don't know whether this is physics, poetic hyperbole, or New Age hogwash; but his intent, anyhow, seems to be to recover traces of those who have gone on, to make us aware of and sensitive to them, so to speak.

He didn't rob graves; he apparently just collected a bit of the dust and ashes which were on or around the execution sites: such dust might otherwise be on the bottoms of our shoes, or in our lungs.

Since this article does not have pictures of his art, we're in no position to evaluate it. Unless we see that he engaged in actual desecration, it wuld be prmature to conclude that he's a bad guy.

He may be no more a "monster" than Nelly Sachs.

9 posted on 12/05/2012 3:20:41 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Do not be rash with your mouth, utter not anything hastily before God." Eccles 5:2)
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To: muir_redwoods; lowbridge
The artist, Mr. Von Hausswolff, said the ashes appeared 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". If you take his words at face value, he is trying to give a voice to the victims, and taking a stand against the Nazi aggressos.

I'd never heard of Hausswolff before, but a little mousing around on the Internet uncovers hints that he is primarily an audio, not a visual artist. He has some sort of notion that voices never really disappear, but leave faint vibes or echoes which one might pick up from radio static or enhanced auditory recordings made in abandoned buildings, ancient archaeological sites and such.

I don't know whether this is physics, poetic hyperbole, or New Age hogwash; but his intent, anyhow, seems to be to recover traces of those who have gone on, to make us aware of and sensitive to them, so to speak.

He didn't rob graves; he apparently just collected a bit of the dust and ashes which were on or around the execution sites: such dust might otherwise be on the bottoms of our shoes, or in our lungs.

Since this article does not have pictures of his art, we're in no position to evaluate it. Unless we see that he engaged in actual desecration, it wuld be prmature to conclude that he's a bad guy.

He may be no more a "monster" than Nelly Sachs.

10 posted on 12/05/2012 3:38:01 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Do not be rash with your mouth, utter not anything hastily before God." Eccles 5:2)
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To: lowbridge
Majdanek

How can this "artist" possibly call his work "art"

11 posted on 12/05/2012 3:42:22 PM PST by Popman
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To: lowbridge
O the Chimneys (Koppenplatz, Berlin)

And though after worms destroy this body,
yet in my flesh shall I see God. JOB 19:26

O the chimneys
On the ingeniously devised habitations of death
When Israel’s body drifted as smoke
Through the air -
Was welcomed by a star, a chimney sweep,
a star that turned black
Or was it a ray of sun?

O the chimneys!
Freedomway for Jeremiah and Job’s dust -
Who devised you and laid stone upon stone
The road for refugees of smoke?

O the habitations of death,
Invitingly appointed
For the host who used to be a guest
- O you fingers
Laying the threshold
Like a knife between life and death -

O you chimneys,
O you fingers
And Israel’s body as smoke through the air!

Nelly Sachs
12 posted on 12/05/2012 3:43:45 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Do not be rash with your mouth, utter not anything hastily before God." Eccles 5:2)
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To: lowbridge

Sweden is a war profiteering nation that supplied Hitler iron ore in exchange for the gold teeth of camp victims.


13 posted on 12/05/2012 3:48:20 PM PST by hecht (america 9/11, Israel 24/7)
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To: hecht
Swedes? True that.

Not all Germans were Nazis.

And not all Nazis were Germans.

And not all Jews were victims.

And not all victims were Jews.

But that still doesn't tell us anything about Von Hausswolff.

14 posted on 12/05/2012 4:50:22 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Do not be rash with your mouth, utter not anything hastily before God." Eccles 5:2)
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15 posted on 12/07/2012 4:37:17 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: hecht; Nachum; dennisw; rmlew; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; tedbel; jerusalemjudy; ...
Sweden is a war profiteering nation that supplied Hitler iron ore in exchange for the gold teeth of camp victims.

I don't know where you came up with that, because I'd never heard of it in my studies of the Holocaust era.

When you talk about Sweden and European Jewry during WWII, you have to remember that it was fortunate not to be overrun by the Nazis. In sharp contrast to just about all the rest of continental Europe, it remained neutral. IIRC, Sweden saved the lives of several thousand Jews who escaped to there from other European countries. Before condemning Sweden as a Nazi collaborator, you might want to inform yourself about the courageous exploits of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg.

The Sweden of today, unfortunately, has problems with antisemitism largely because of its immigrant Muslim population.

16 posted on 12/07/2012 3:09:49 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

Well they certainly didn’t sell anything in exchange for gold teeth. Sweden was happy to do business with the Reich, like other similar countries with longstanding policies of neutrality. Happy to provide transport lanes to Norway, which resisted. Also took in Jewish refugees. Mixed record, but under the circumstances you’re probably right that collaborator isn’t appropriate.


17 posted on 12/07/2012 3:54:14 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: justiceseeker93

I really have no words (or rather words I would like published) for this #POS. While it is easy to speak of Muslim antisemitism rampant in Sweden, we must remember that it flourishes thanks to that of the many native Swedes, most of whom are leftists. I am heartbroken that my maternal grandmother’s family’s resting place has been desecrated for painting now hanging a few miles from the often desecrated graveyard of my maternal grandparents.


18 posted on 12/07/2012 4:08:05 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: HiTech RedNeck
The ghoul broke into the mausoleum or dug into the hill of ashes at Majdanek

19 posted on 12/07/2012 4:20:09 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: justiceseeker93

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/808668/Sweden-drops-defense-of-actions-during-WWII.html?pg=all


20 posted on 12/07/2012 4:53:33 PM PST by hecht (america 9/11, Israel 24/7)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Well said.


21 posted on 12/07/2012 8:48:50 PM PST by Hildy (hen the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - Socrates)
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To: rmlew

IF... those are even Holocaust ashes at all. Nobody’d know if he really used someone else’s ashes or ashes of animals.


22 posted on 12/08/2012 12:17:18 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: justiceseeker93

Do you mean Sweden or Switzerland? They all look alike to me, too, but they are different countries.


23 posted on 12/08/2012 1:49:11 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Maybe someone should tape record the sound of splitting his head open with a steel swastika and see if he would like that as an audio “piece”.


24 posted on 12/10/2012 9:23:47 PM PST by Yehuda
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To: justiceseeker93
"Neutral Sweden allowed Nazis to use their railways to occupy Norway... and transfer Jews to death camps, new book claims"

Read more:

Some more details here.

25 posted on 12/10/2012 9:35:29 PM PST by Yehuda
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