The leader of a Messianic Jewish ministry finds it
unconscionable that the former Warsaw Ghetto would allow a statue
of Adolph Hitler praying to be erected in a place where so many
Jews were killed or sent by Hitler's regime to die.
Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree
Ministries, tells OneNewsNow the work, "HIM," has angered
many visitors, who question whether a man who is arguably the
greatest mass murderer of all time would have ever prayed.
"If this man ever prayed, he would be praying to the Prince of
Darkness," Markell contends. "If there is a special spot in hell
for the most evil of people, he would be there not just for being a
mass murderer, but for mass murdering the apple of God's eye, the
Others, however, are praising the work, saying it has a strong
emotional impact that forces them to face the nature of human evil.
Even Poland's chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, says it could have
some educational value.
"He probably is a
self-hating Jew, because of what educational value is something
that never happened," the Olive Tree Ministries founder wonders.
"Adolph Hitler was an occultist. He worshipped things of the dark
side. He was more of a new-ager than anything else, if not a
blatant occultist. So I am puzzled by this."
Markell believes this is just another sign of the last days,
"When evil is called good, good is called evil, up is down, black
is white -- nothing makes sense anymore. This is a terrible affront
to any Jew that I know of," she concludes.
According to the New York Daily News, the Hitler
installation is just one object in a retrospective of Italian
artist Maurizio Cattelan's work titled "Amen," a show that explores
life, death, good and evil. Only the back of the Hitler figure can
be seen through a hole in a wooden gate across town on Prozna
Street. "Because of its small size," the Daily News
details, "it appears to be a harmless schoolboy." It is reportedly
meant to convey the idea that "every criminal was once a tender,
innocent, and defenseless child."