Exhibit by Nazi-favored artist feeds controversy

July 22, 2006 03:22


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Works by sculptor Arno Breker, favored by the Nazis for his monumental, classically inspired figures, has gone on display amid controversy over Breker's links to Adolf Hitler and his flourishing career in the Third Reich. Hermann Junghans, Schwerin's deputy mayor, said extensive documentation alongside the 70 works would prevent any whitewash. "The show is absolutely necessary to have a discussion about Breker, but we don't assume that we're going to be the ones to end the debate," Junghans told The Associated Press before the opening Friday. Breker's work appealed strongly to the leaders of the Nazi regime, who gave him lucrative commissions to create works for buildings such as Hitler's chancellery and the still-standing Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Many of his works were destroyed after the war.

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