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Friday, January 23, 2004

Not Making Distinctions 

Although it at first appears to be a fairly obvious but superficial dig at the recent 'artwork', "Snow White and the Madness of Truth" by Mrs and Mrs Feiler, this "Hitler Memorial" parody is quite clever.

The æsthetics of the Third Reich and of the Snow White installation are similar - for example, both use blood red, white and black. Hitler's "Blut und Boden" (blood and soil) comes to mind. Both Snow White and Hitler Memorial justify an absolute evil - the murder of innocent civilians. In my opinion, the fact that both sets of victims were Jews is beside the point because Snow White does not draw attention to the religion of the victims or the terrorist. The point is that Snow White attempts to obscure the existence of evil. However, this correspondence between Hitler Memorial and Snow White also adds to the effect.

The 'Memorial' includes a poem that closely mirrors the Snow White poem. Take the following line, in which only the gender of the pronoun is changed:

Weeping bitterly, he added: "If our nation cannot realize its dream and the goals of the victims,
and live in freedom and dignity, then let the whole world be erased"

This is reminiscent of Hitler's "let them reign over ash", uttered in the dying days of World War II.

I can't see a significant difference between the two exhibits, but it is obvious that the Hitler Memorial would never be displayed at Historiska Museet - at least not since Germany lost the war.

(Source: 'me here' commenting on Bjørn Stærk's Blog.)
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