Shalom Life | August 04, 2015

Offensive Art Installation at Polish Museum Shows Holocaust Victims Playing "Tag" in Gas Chamber

The art installation is accused of being insensitive towards victims of the Holocaust

By: B. Shane Morganstein

Published: July 8th, 2015 in News » World

Photo: Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow


Jewish officials the world over are furious over a video installation at a Polish museum that features naked men and women playing a game of tag in a gas chamber.

"Game of Tag" was made in 1999 by Polish artist Artur Zmijewski, and has plagued the Jewish community for years due to its insensitive take on the Holocaust, and reckless disregard for the millions of victims who died at the hands of the Nazis in the gas chambers.

Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, called the installation at the Polish Museum of Contemporary Art "so offensive and so disgusting that we found it necessary to protest."

In response to the protests, the museum placed the video installation behind an enclosure, and added a warning before entering the exhibit warning visitors what they will find inside.

Yet Zuroff and other Jewish officials are still in awe at the insensitivity being displayed by the museum. Zuroff has called the exhibit "utterly incomprehensible" that the video is being shown, of all places, in Poland, where the Nazis built many of their notorious death camps, including Auschwitz, Treblinka, Belzec, and many more.

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