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Jewish Exhibit to Have Warning Sign

March 2, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) _ A controversial Jewish Museum art exhibit that includes Nazi imagery, including a concentration camp built from Lego blocks, will carry a warning sign.

Museum officials said artwork criticized by Holocaust survivors will be placed in a separate area, and that before entering, visitors will see a sign that reads: ``Some Holocaust survivors have been disturbed by these works.″

``That gives people information so they can decide,″ museum spokeswoman Anne Scher said. ``If you decide to walk out, you’ll turn toward the exit and you won’t see them at all.″

The exhibit, ``Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art,″ is scheduled to open March 17. In addition to the Lego concentration camp, the show includes a piece in which an artist has inserted a picture of himself with a Diet Coke can into a photo of prisoners at a concentration camp, and another in which poison gas canisters have designer logos.

Museum officials have said the exhibit is intended raise questions about commercialization and iconic images of the Holocaust. But Menachem Rosensaft, a founder of the International Network of Children of Holocaust Survivors, said the artwork doesn’t belong in the museum.

``For Holocaust survivors, it’s not less morally repugnant because people are warned,″ Rosensaft said. ``What’s objectionable is that they’re in the Jewish Museum at all.″

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