Polish interior minister orders investigation into naked video at gas chamber

A general view of a gas chamber at the former Stutthof Nazi concentration camp near Gdansk, Poland. (Bruce Adams/Pool/Getty Images)
A general view of a gas chamber at the former Stutthof Nazi concentration camp near Gdansk, Poland. (Bruce Adams/Pool/Getty Images)

A general view of a gas chamber at the former Stutthof Nazi concentration camp near Gdansk, Poland. (Bruce Adams/Pool/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Poland’s interior minister has instructed prosecutors to follow up on an investigation by groups representing Holocaust survivors on a video featuring nudity that was filmed at a former death camp in the country.

Mariusz Błaszczak transferred the dossier on the video that was filmed inside the gas chamber at Stutthof, he said Friday on Twitter. Two days earlier several groups, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center, had sent a letter to Polish President Andrjez Duda noting the video was traced back to Stutthof and demanding to know who gave permission for the filming. [Read more…]

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Auschwitz guard, 96, fit to serve his prison term, German court rules

(JTA) – A 96-year-old former Auschwitz guard is fit to serve a prison sentence, a German court ruled.

On Wednesday, a regional appeals court in the northern town of Celle ruled that Oskar Groening “is able to serve his term despite his advanced age,” Reuters reported. The court also said Groening’s needs related to his advanced age could be provided in prison. [Read more…]

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Naked game of tag was filmed at a Nazi gas chamber

(JTA) – Groups representing Holocaust survivors have asked Poland’s president to explain why artists were allowed to film a naked game of tag inside a gas chamber in the former Nazi death camp of Stutthof.

On Wednesday, the Organization of Holocaust Survivors in Israel, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and several other groups sent the request for clarification to President Andrzej Duda in connection with a video that the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow displayed in 2015 without divulging any details on where it was filmed. The letter was sent after research revealed the location was Stutthof, near Gdansk, Poland. [Read more…]

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German artists build Holocaust memorial replica near far-right leader’s home

(JTA) – A group of German artist-activists have built a replica of the country’s Holocaust memorial outside the home of a leader of a right-wing populist party who has called on Germany to stop apologizing for its Nazi past.

Bjoern Hoecke, a leader of the Alternative for Germany, or AfD, in the former East German state of Thuringia, criticized the memorial in Berlin in January. “Germans are the only people in the world who plant a monument of shame in the heart of the capital,” he said. [Read more…]

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