Polish village rejects 'Bodyworld' exhibition

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11 March 2005, WARSAW - Controversial German anatomist Gunther von Hagens has been barred from preserving corpses for exhibition in the western Polish village of Sieniawa Zarska, it was reported on Friday. Dubbed "Dr. Frankenstein" or "Dr. Death", von Hagens and his 89-year-old father Gerhard Liebchen have plans to make the sleepy village their global headquarters for preparing corpses for von Hagens' "Bodyworld" exhibitions. But Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper said on Friday that the village council had only pe

11 March 2005

WARSAW - Controversial German anatomist Gunther von Hagens has been barred from preserving corpses for exhibition in the western Polish village of Sieniawa Zarska, it was reported on Friday.

Dubbed "Dr. Frankenstein" or "Dr. Death", von Hagens and his 89-year-old father Gerhard Liebchen have plans to make the sleepy village their global headquarters for preparing corpses for von Hagens' "Bodyworld" exhibitions.

But Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper said on Friday that the village council had only permitted him to make cold-storage chambers and wooden models of the bodies.

Three-quarters of council members opposed allowing von Hagen's corpses to be preserved for exhibition purposes in a laboratory.

The council had earlier asked the public prosecutor's office to clarify the legal situation. This ruled that preserving corpses for exhibition purposes was illegal in Poland - even if the deceased had agreed to it before their death.

Polish law says dead bodies belong in cemeteries only.

Last year, von Hagens purchased a one-hectare property with a building in which to set up a laboratory.

The project is controversial in Sieniawa Zarska - a village on the German-Polish border area with 30 percent unemployment. While some of the inhabitants have rejected the laboratory for ethical reasons, others had hoped to find work there.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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