Free Dina’s Art


A 21st Century Nazi Collaborator in Defense of the Indefensible

A friend of this site sent a polite letter to the Auschwitz  Museum 10 days ago. The following response arrived today. (My own somewhat ’emotional’ letter was sent 21 days ago. I guess my reply got lost in the post.)

Here is the full text of the form-letter you will receive when you send a polite letter to the Oświęcim Party Palace.  It is signed by Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński,  the 21st Century Nazi Collaborator who has taken over the responsibilities of his gone but not forgotten mentor,  Dr. Josef Mengele.

Dear *_Your Name Will Appear Here_*

In reply to your letter the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświecim
wishes to express its deep understanding of emotions arising from the
issue of the watercolors by Mrs. Dina Gottliebova-Babbitt and good
intentions of people who have been involved in this issue.

However, the Museum would like to remark that the actual situation does
not coincide with the one presented in support letters or some world
media. We would like to draw the attention to the fact that the portraits
of Gypsies made in the camp by Mrs. Dina Gottliebova-Babbitt have never
been her property. They were made on the order and for the use of the
SS-Haupsturmfuehrer dr. Joseph Mengele as materials for his
pseudo-scientific work on physical resemblance of Gypsies from various
countries. Nobody asked for permission the Gypsies who were portrayed and their portraits were made under duress.

Therefore we must distinguish between the two basic issues: ownership and
copyright to a particular artwork. There are no doubts that the latter are
owned by Mrs. Dina Gottliebova-Babbitt. Such has been and is the Museum’s
position. As a matter of fact Mrs. Gottliebova-Babbitt has never owned
these watercolors and thus there is no possibility to return them.

At the moment the watercolors play a very important documentary and
educational role as a part of the Museum free of charge permanent
exhibition in Block 13, dedicated to the extermination of Sinti and Roma
in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. These works are also
included in various educational projects, publications and research works.
The Museum has not made commercial use of these works, because we fully
respect the copyright of Mrs. Dina Gottliebova. All decisions regarding
terms and conditions of using these portraits in various publications,
documentaries are made by the author herself.

Considering the moral basis, the Museum agrees with the opinion expressed
by the International Auschwitz Council, Roma circles and former prisoners.
We believe that documents such as these watercolors must not become
ordinary objects for private use. Otherwise the small amount of surviving
evidence of genocide and original artifacts, could be dispersed and the
authentic sites of persecution would be deprived of its unique and < BR>> universal significance.
These watercolors depicting Gypsies who perished in the Auschwitz-Birkenau
concentration camp contribute significantly to commemorate and increase
the awareness of the mass murder
of Sinti and Roma and therefore all victims of genocide. In this case the
opinion of the Roma organizations is univocal and to keep the watercolors
in the Museum is the question of priority. Thus, they should remain at the
site, where they were created, where they speak most loudly and play the
role of the evidence of crime, which cannot be replaced with a copy.

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Piotr M.A.Cywiński
Museum Director

For my own (and no one else’s) Skanky Rebuttal, check the pages list over on the side there, as soon as my blood pressure lowers enough that I don’t see everything as shades of red.

(If YOU have an opinion now, you can use the comments box below.)

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