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    AMSTERDAM - A Polish artist has sparked controversy in the Netherlands by selling "Auschwitz souvenirs" -- from crematorium fridge magnets to "Arbeit Macht Frei" key rings -- to remind people of the horrors of the Nazi death camp.


    Polish artist Agata Siwek poses in front of her Auschwitz souvenirs in Guardianenhof art gallery in Den Bosch, the Netherlands, August 21, 2003.

    T-shirts with the menacing skull-and-crossbones symbol from the camp's electric fences and key rings bearing the camp gate's infamous German inscription "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Sets You Free) have been on sale at a Dutch art show since late July.

    Agata Siwek, a 30-year-old fine arts graduate who grew up near Auschwitz, said Thursday the items she put on sale in the southern city of Den Bosch were intended to remind people of the Holocaust and the need to combat discrimination and war.

    "Taking a souvenir and hanging it on your keys is a way to remember the evil inside all of us. It (Auschwitz) is the symbol of the ultimate evil," Siwek said.

    The exhibition has polarized public opinion, with some condemning it as offensive to Holocaust survivors while others have hailed it as a way to highlight the Holocaust and provoke debate about conflicts and atrocities in the 21st century.

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    And for the children...







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    Another product no one in their right mind would buy. How about it, fellas? It's made with camel piss and 100% genuine Saudi B.O. for that authentic Osama smell. :fart

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    I would buy the lego set and the Osama cologne. Their collectors items I couldn't do without!
    I envision a world where people dawning long white robes and elaborate headdresses run rampant down the streets, waving their arms in the air while screaming "we've gone mad, we've gone mad", like defrocked monks breaking the silence of ages past.

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    Different from the KZ Lego sets that only were the so-called "project" of a so-called "artist", the Führerwein here was sold in Italian wine shops, until the EU - at least I read that in a link - has forbidden it last year.



    Also real is the Hitler Bar in South Korea.



    Link: http://www.pusanweb.com/feature/hitlerbar/

    Tsk, tsk... I don't know what they all have with Hitler wine and cocktails. Everybody knows that Hitler didn't drink one drop of alcohol. :buddies

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    In the last couple of days American newspapers have been whining about the Führerwein. College newspapers have even been carrying the story. It's funny how the same kids who wear Che Guevara T-shirts and USSR memorabilia whine about Hitler's human rights record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stríbog
    In the last couple of days American newspapers have been whining about the Führerwein. College newspapers have even been carrying the story. It's funny how the same kids who wear Che Guevara T-shirts and USSR memorabilia whine about Hitler's human rights record.
    The 'Hitler'-wines are actually part of a 'History'-series of wines; there are also 'Mussolini'-bottles and 'Che Guevara'-wines. It's not like the company that sells them is a neo-nazi organisation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siegfried Aurelius
    The 'Hitler'-wines are actually part of a 'History'-series of wines; there are also 'Mussolini'-bottles and 'Che Guevara'-wines. It's not like the company that sells them is a neo-nazi organisation.
    Yeah, I know, they sell Stalin wine as well.

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