Thursday, December 14, 2017

Praying Hitler statue in former Warsaw ghetto sparks emotion

A statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees is on display in the former Warsaw ghetto in Poland, the place where so many Jews were killed or sent to their deaths by his regime, and it is provoking mixed reactions.

The work, HIM by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, has drawn many visitors since it was installed last month. It is visible only from a distance, and the artist doesn't make explicit what Hitler is praying for, but the broader point, organizers say, is to make people reflect on the nature of evil.

In any case, some are angered by the statue's presence in such a sensitive site. One Jewish advocacy group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, this week called the statue's placement "a senseless provocation which insults the memory of the Nazis' Jewish victims."

"As far as the Jews were concerned, Hitler's only 'prayer' was that they be wiped off the face of the Earth," the group's Israel director, Efraim Zuroff, said in a statement.

However, many others are praising the artwork, saying it has a strong emotional impact. And organizers defend putting it on display in the former ghetto.

Fabio Cavallucci, director of the Center for Contemporary Art, which oversaw the installation, said, "There is no intention from the side of the artist or the center to insult Jewish memory.

"It's an artwork that tries to speak about the situation of hidden evil everywhere," he said.

The Warsaw ghetto was an area of the city that the Nazis sealed off after they invaded Poland. They forced Jews to live in cramped, inhumane conditions there as they awaited deportation to death camps. Many died from hunger or disease or were shot by the Germans before they could be transported to the camps.

Comments
Here’s hoping the fire’s not still burning for the Heart sisters

Here’s hoping the fire’s not still burning for the Heart sisters

'Tis the season for another '80s music lesson from Kevin Wuench: With the holidays approaching, it's a tense time for families that don't always get along. Unfortunately one family that isn't quite getting along these days is the Wilson sisters ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Proposals on school board term limits, elected superintendents move ahead

Proposals on school board term limits, elected superintendents move ahead

Despite pushback from the people who would be most affected, two proposed constitutional amendments aiming to change the governance of Florida public school districts gained support from a second committee of the Constitution Revision Commission on T...
Updated: 4 hours ago
The Florida House Speaker who bashes special interests spends their money lavishly - and won’t apologize

The Florida House Speaker who bashes special interests spends their money lavishly - and won’t apologize

TALLAHASSEE — Even before Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran came to dominate Tallahassee, he declared himself an archenemy of special interests.“I will proudly declare war on all the special interests … all the Gucci-loafing, s...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Are Tampa Bay Rays going to make a major deal involving Alex Colome, others? Well …

Are Tampa Bay Rays going to make a major deal involving Alex Colome, others? Well …

UPDATE, 4:02: It doesn't sound like the Rays and Cardinals will be making a deal today, Derrick Goold writing for the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Cardinals execs "leave the Walt Disney Dolphin resort with good feel for what Tampa Bay would be willin...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Mikhail Sergachev earning trust – and more minutes with Lightning

Mikhail Sergachev earning trust – and more minutes with Lightning

Coyotes center Clayton Keller is very familiar with fellow rookie Mikhail Sergachev, the Lightning defenseman.They both were picked in the top-10 of the 2016 NHL Draft, Keller at No. 7 and Sergachev No. 9 to Montreal. They faced each other in three w...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Rubio a ‘no’ vote on tax bill unless it includes better child tax credit

Rubio a ‘no’ vote on tax bill unless it includes better child tax credit

Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday he will vote against the tax bill unless the child tax credit is improved, potentially upsetting what had been A fast-moving process.Rubio told reporters in Washington after weeks of pressing for a more generous credit....
Updated: 4 hours ago
Veteran Jonny Venters, prospect Joe McCarthy among 13 Tampa Bay Rays spring invitees

Veteran Jonny Venters, prospect Joe McCarthy among 13 Tampa Bay Rays spring invitees

Inspiring veteran LHP Jonny Venters and intriguing prospect 1B/OF Joe McCarthy are among 13 players invited to major-league spring training camp with the Rays.Others coming as a result of signing minor-league contracts with invites are: RHP R.J. Alan...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Plan your beach vacation with Florida Beach Insider!

Plan your beach vacation with Florida Beach Insider!

We know how it goes: It's December. It's cold. It starts getting dark at 4:30.It's not even officially winter yet, but if you're like us, you're already yearning for the sun on your face and sand between your toes.That's why we're starting ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
USF’s Nigel Harris eager for chance with hometown Bucs

USF’s Nigel Harris eager for chance with hometown Bucs

When Nigel Harris chose where to play college football, he wanted to stay home in Tampa at USF. And now, after playing for the Chargers and Giants as an NFL rookie, he's grateful for the chance to again prove himself in Tampa as the newest member of ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
All Eyes gallery: Loren Elliott’s favorite photos of 2017

All Eyes gallery: Loren Elliott’s favorite photos of 2017

Sonia de Jara mops up water in the kitchen of her family's destroyed mobile home following Hurricane Irma in southern Collier County, Fla., on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT | TimesQuerubin Jara, 11, plays with his family's pet ducks in fr...
Updated: 3 hours ago