The ARCA Statues Museum in Indonesia mounted an exhibition on the Holocaust with one goal: to educate the public about one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. However, the execution of the exhibition – specifically a wax replica of Adolf Hitler – has caused worldwide outrage.
Problem began when visitors to the museum started uploading selfies with the statue of Hitler to social media. The photos provoked anger and disgust within the international community, which then began to comment on other worrying aspects of the exhibition. Among these was the background of the statue, which shows the Auschwitz concentration camp and the slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” or “work gives you freedom”.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, of Jewish human rights organisation The Simon Wiesenthal Center, told news agency AP: “Everything about it is wrong. It’s hard to find words for how contemptible it is.
“The background is disgusting. It mocks the victims who went in and never came out.”
Representatives of the museum claimed that the statue was a favorite for selfies and added that no visitor had complained about it.
“Most of our visitors are having fun because they know it’s an entertainment museum,” said a member of the museum’s marketing department.
However, this week the museum officials removed the statue, commenting that they did not want to cause indignation.