B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International is disturbed to learn a statue of Adolf Hitler has been placed in the former Warsaw Ghetto, in the Polish capital, dishonoring the memory of Holocaust victims persecuted there and risking that visitors might see the Nazi dictator in a positive light.
The statue was created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and shows Hitler praying on his knees. Hitler’s mission was to exterminate the Jewish people. Any representation of Hitler suggesting some form of innocence and piety on his part is an insult to all of those whose lives he destroyed.
The location of the statue is even more startling given that Hitler’s regime notoriously forced Jews to live in a closed off ghetto in the city during World War II. Tens of thousands of people died living within the ghetto, while hundreds of thousands were ultimately deported to Nazi death camps.
The statue must be removed.