'Anti-Semitic' Czech exhibition shut down

25th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

The exhibition included art that showed Nazis involved in the anti-Jewish pogroms in Poland but with the logos on their armbands changed.

Prague -- A controversial art show that depicted Nazis wearing the Star of David instead of swastikas was shut down in Prague within half an hour of it opening after protests from Jewish leaders, media reported.

A giant poster and eight large-format photos showing Nazis involved in the anti-Jewish pogroms in Poland, but with the logos on their armbands changed, dominated the exhibition, by a Polish artist.

"The photomontages shown had a very strong anti-Semitic character," Frantisek Banyai, head of the Jewish community in Prague, told the agency.

"On this day of the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, commemorated by Yom HaShoa, we can only see this as a provocation... to the victims of the Holocaust," he added.

Yom HaShoa (Holocaust Remembrance Day) marks not just the victims of the Holocaust but those who opposed the mass killings by the Nazis of the Jews.

The April 1943 Warsaw Jewish ghetto uprising against the Nazis is one of the best known examples of such resistance, when the remaining residents of the ghetto fought back as the Nazis moved in to kill them.

The Polish artist behind the exhibition -- called "Achtung," the German for "Attention" -- wanted to denounce the role of Israel in the conflict with the Palestinians, said CTK.

He gave his name as Peter Fuss, but Czech newspapers said it was a pseudonym.

The controversy arose as several neo-Nazis staged marches in several cities across the Czech Republic, reviving the debate on the rise of racism in the country.

On Tuesday, thousands of people marched between the former Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps in southern Poland in memory of six million Jews killed in the Holocaust during World War II.

The ceremony was among dozens of events in Europe and Israel to mark the Nazi campaign to kill the Jews.


0 Comments To This Article