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Swedish art gallery owner says painting by Michael von Hausswolff made from ashes of Majdanek camp victims has “no moral flaws.”
Carl Michael von Hausswolff Photo: Wikimedia Commons
A Swedish art gallery owner has defended his gallery’s decision to show a painting made out of Holocaust victims’ ashes as “having no moral flaws.”

Martin Bryder, who owns a gallery in Lund, told Sverige Radio that he “sees no moral problem or flaw with exhibiting” a painting which the artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff made from ashes of Holocaust victims from the Majdanek extermination camp.

According to a local newspaper, Sydsvenskan, Von Hausswolff had collected the ashes more than 20 years ago. The exhibition is scheduled to open at the Martin Bryder Gallery in Lund on Dec. 15, according to the radio station.

Salomon Schulman, a teacher of Yiddish and member of Lund’s Jewish community, wrote in the same local newspaper that he found the display “disgusting” and called it “a desecration of Jewish bodies.”

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  1. Left Coast Dan

    December 6th, 2012

    I am sure someone from Slate will explain to me why this is no big deal, while a cartoon of Muhammed is a terrible outrage that justifies the resulting deaths.

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  2. Corky

    December 6th, 2012

    An EBay took down the Obama bobble head in yellow fluid. We are lost.

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  3. MaryfromMarin

    December 6th, 2012

    How did he get the ashes? Museum staff said “..it is certain that the Swedish painter did not enter into possession of the ashes legally.”

    Instead of being honored by having his art displayed, this man should be arrested. This is unlawful disinterring and disposal of human remains.

    Just imagine if something like this had been done to human remains from a Native American burial site. ACLU and the entire weight of the US Government would be all over that.

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  4. Xavier

    December 6th, 2012

    Will they display my painting made of burned Qur’an ashes?

    It’s a picture of you-know-who.

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  5. I Luv Bacon

    December 6th, 2012

    X- You just hit paydirt.

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  6. I Luv Bacon

    December 6th, 2012

    I start the bidding at 25.00 U.S.

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  7. Xavier

    December 6th, 2012

    @I Luv Bacon

    You mean I’m finally going to get my very own Fatwa for Christmas? Hallelujah and pass the ammunition!

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  8. I Luv Bacon

    December 6th, 2012

    I want to do one, too.

    Maybe a paper mache’, though.

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  9. MaryfromMarin

    December 6th, 2012

    @Xavier–

    Sad, isn’t it, that you could get into deep s*** just for making a comment about a painting of you-know-who made with ashes from a burned Qu’ran. (Just thought I’d join you on that bending branch, by stringing the same words together in a post. Hey, Uncle Dougie, are you listening?)

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  10. Xavier

    December 6th, 2012

    We could do burnt Qur’an art of Barnhardt, Geller, and Spencer. Mimic the Warhol/Monroe style.

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  11. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 6th, 2012

    ad, isn’t it, that you could get into deep s*** just for making a comment about a painting of you-know-who…

    Voldemort?

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  12. MaryfromMarin

    December 6th, 2012

    @Stranded–

    Voldemohamhead? Mohamdemort?

    You pays your money and you takes your chances.

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  13. Trixie Bluebell

    December 6th, 2012

    Would this alleged artist feel the same if these ashes were those of his mother or his children? Until the belief in the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death is the norm, we will see more of this trash.

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  14. Menderman

    December 6th, 2012

    I made some Obama art today…whatcha think?

    http://www.poopprank.com/poop-photos/toilet-photo.jpg

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  15. Ten Megaton

    December 6th, 2012

    Wonder how Martin would feel about having his balls framed and nailed on the gallery wall?

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  16. DaveVA

    December 6th, 2012

    I love the smell of burnt Koran in the morning

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