Friday, June 02, 2006

Censorship in Europe Again - Sigh

This time it is the arts. Specifically the sculptures of the German artist Arno Breker.

Breker specialized in the human form as he idealized it. Much of his work is striking. Some of it has been used to idealize the spirit of Apollo - the ideal of progress. Some of it has been used for propaganda.

Now a leader of Germany's Jewish community, Lea Rosch, who heretofore has led a campaign to build a Holocaust memorial in the city center, is campaigning to cover up or remove two of Arno Breker's sculptures from the outside of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin where the World Cup Soccer matches will be played.

Rosch wants several Breker figures covered, specifically "The Female Victor" and "The Decathlete" among others.


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