Student’s art exhibition containing Auschwitz relics to be displayed

Student’s art exhibition containing Auschwitz relics to be displayed

Granddaughter of Shoah survivor Rotem Bides, 27, caused controversy when she used items from the former Nazi camp in her project

An Auschwitz barrack
An Auschwitz barrack

The final project of an art student who said she used in it artefacts she removed from Auschwitz will go on display after she clarified that they came from outside the former Nazi camp.

Beit Berl College near Kfar Saba in central Israel announced late last week  following a disciplinary hearing with student Rotem Bides, 27, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, that the exhibition would go on as planned.

Ynet reported last week that Bides had visited the Auschwitz site six times while an exchange student in Krakow, and removed relics including shards of glass, small bowls, a metal screw, soil and a sign warning visitors not to take anything from the former Nazi camp.

Bides later clarified that she did not steal the objects, but gathered the objects, including glass, soil and rocks, and an old sign, from outside the camp.

“The student said her words were taken out of context by the journalists who interviewed her and that they put words in her mouth,” the management of the college said in a statement, Haaretz reported.

“The student sent a letter of clarification to the college management, stating she had committed nothing criminal like stealing and apologising to anyone offended by the report the college decided to allow her to present her final project at the exhibition. Also, the college will send a letter to the Auschwitz museum to clear up any misunderstanding caused by the erroneous report,” the statement also said.

The exhibit will go on display to the public on July 26. It also will include a letter explaining her creative process.

After the publication of the original Ynet article, the museum called on Israel’s state attorney to intercede and return the relics.

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