Hitler statue a 'terrible affront to any Jew'

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

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.

Markell, Jan (Olive Tree Ministries)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 Jewish people."

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.

Hitler praying statue"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."

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