Police Drop Charges of Artist Using Stolen Holocaust Victims’ Ashes


Swedish police commissioner said they dropped the investigation into an artist who claimed to use paint mixed from taken ashes of Holocaust victims.

By Rachel Hirshfeld


Swedish police said Tuesday they have dropped an investigation into an artist who used paint mixed from the ashes of Holocaust victims in a watercolor.

“The enquiry was closed on Monday,” police commissioner Stefan Soederholm told AFP, citing lack of evidence.

Swedish painter Carl Michael von Hausswolff, whose contentious work is on display in the town of Lund, said he visited the Majdanek concentration camp during a trip to Poland in 1989 and accumulated ashes of Jewish victims to use for his “art.”

The black-and-white work features vertical brushstrokes in a rectangle representing the suffering of the victims.

The manager of the gallery, Martin Bryder, decided to pull the exhibition after the Jewish community in the area, and US-based Jewish rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center, denounced the artwork, calling it an “abomination” that “Hitler, as an aspirant painter, would have surely applauded.”

“Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace and harmony. So I decided to close the exhibition,” Bryder told daily newspaper Sydsvenskan.

In an open letter, Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, wrote to the artist saying, “Perhaps you are unaware that your paintbrush has violated a core value, of monotheistic religious faiths inherited from its Jewish sources: respect for the sanctity of human life and for its vessel, its mortal body fashioned in the image of its Creator.”

A private citizen had filed a police complaint against Von Hausswolff on December 5 for “disturbing the peace of the dead”, a crime in Sweden punishable by up to two years in prison.

No information is currently available on whether an inquiry would be launched in Poland.

On Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Majdanek camp museum, Agnieszka Kowalczyk, told Swedish daily Aftonbladet that collecting the ashes amounted to theft, and that the museum would ensure “the judicial authorities find out how this actually happened.”


View original Arutz Sheva publication at: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/163057#.UMmryXd1m1I


  1. Bhupendra says:

    I wont comment on an artist using the ashes for the “”Art” but yes My heart cries forever for the people who suffered in the hands of Nazis.
    Being an India, I support and stand with the Jew people.

    We Indians are also facing the terrorism the same way Jews in Israel and I always tell my people here to learn from the Jews. If the Jews could be transformed from lambs walking meekly to the gas chambers to fiery lions in just 10 years, it should not be difficult for us who are in much better circumstances, to do so in five years.

    • First of all, I appreciate your support for Israel. Thank you!
      Secondly, when the face of intolerance stares down at you, with the message of ‘Submit or die’, a moral stand must be taken. Since the people in India that are threatened, are not Jews, the target of irrational hatred, you already do not have to justify your want to survive.

      The Europeans hate to be compared to the Nazis, but outside of 3 or 4 state leaders, the rest are silent when rockets land in our cities, but are the first to condemn Israel for building a home in Israel. They sat quietly when suicide bombers blew up buses, markets, Malls, and restaurants to kill Jews, but found their voice to condemn the ‘WALL’ that incidentally, successfully stopped terrorist’s infiltration into Israel to continue.
      As long as the vast majority of European Leaders refuse to independently stand up to the terrorism that seeks to kill randomly, as long as they are Jews, then There’s no difference to them as were their predecessors of the 1930’s & 1940’s.

      So, in India, not having to deal with the Europeans in such a manner, I wish you G-d’s speed in halting the terrorism that’s killing your people.

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