UnNews:Statue of Hitler unveiled at holocaust site
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24 January 2013
"It is my opinion that the full story of the holocaust has not been told," said Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. "Everyone knows of the 6 million or so Jews killed in the holocaust, and most educated people are aware that the Nazi's also exterminated Gypsies, communists, Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, and Slavs. However, the crimes of the Nazi's against German National Socialists is often overlooked.
"I would ask you who is the most well-known figure of the 1st half of the twentieth century? You would probably say Hitler. However, did you know that Adolf Hitler was fatally shot by a Nazi? This fact is presented in almost every history of WWII, yet no one seems to remember it. If I were to ask a random person on the street to name of victim of the holocaust, 95% responses would be Anne Frank, who did nothing but write a diary and die in Bergen-Belsen. However, much of the German leadership of the WWII was killed by the Nazis. These are men whose actions changed the world, for or worse, and will be remembered for the ages, " continued Cattelan.
Responding to criticisms of antisemitism, Cattelan responded, "My goal is not minimize the sufferings of the Jews, but to proclaim all the evils of the Nazi regime, including killing men like Adolph Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, and Josef Goebbels, whose wife and 6 young children were also killed in the Nazis. If we choose to ignore the crimes against the National Socialists because we don't like their politics, then set a very harmful precedent. The same reasoning could be applied to ignore the communist victims of the holocaust, as their political opinions and policies are also unpopular. The principle could also be applied to the gypsies, because of anti-gypsy bias, or even the Jews, because of antisemitism."
Cattelan continued, "In fact, many have asserted that the lack of attention paid to the Armenian Genocide emboldened the Nazis to perpetrate the holocaust. Millions of Jews might be alive today if more attention was given to the Armenian genocide. Well, actually, since the holocaust happened 70 years ago, the vast majority of holocaust victims would have died of old age already, but you get the idea. My point is, to prevent another holocaust from happening, we must recognize and honor all those killed by Nazis, including ones we might not like, such as Adolf Hitler."
- Agence France-Presse "Hitler Statue in Holocaust Site Stirs Controversy". Jakarta Globe, January 5, 2013
- Andrew Belonsky "Should Maurizio Cattelan's Hitler Pray In Warsaw Ghetto?". Towleroad, December 28, 2012