Remember Auschwitz souvenirs spark controversy.


Here's some controversy about clothing.

According to Yahoo! News, some clothes designed and sold by Polish artist Agata Siwek has received a lot of gripe about the designs of the clothes including skull and crossbones and a keyring with a German inscription, which reads: 'Arbeit Macht Frei'.

Some people think that the designs remind them about the old Nazi death camps, which is in fact the idea.

"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.

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  • Dabitch's picture

    Siwek has completed the course in "how to get press, no matter what" and chosen to make Keyrings with Arbeit Macht Frei on them, purely for the sake of shock - I'm guessing.

    I wouldn't be saying that had this been anywhere else but in the Yahoos News. (pun intended).

    If she really has something to say with this and is 'serious' she should have handled the press better - this is taken out of context and looks like a cheap PR ploy. It probably is.

    Aug 25, 2003
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    Punk rockers were wearing "Arbeit macht frei" T-shirts in London 25 years ago. Hardly original. Just more of the same "Gosh aren't we sexy for pissing off our elders" crap we all know and love.

    But 2 decades too late. Yawn.

    It was like this junior art director I knew who once wrote a commerical set in Outer Space, and couldn't see why I thought using the music to '2001' was "highly unoriginal".

    Or "I know! Let's make this really gothic looking commerical and use the 'Carmine Burina' as the music!"

    Why hunt when you can scavenge etc.

    Aug 27, 2003
  • Neaner's picture

    You are so right.

    Is that junior AD currently saying "want fries with that?" a thousand times a day - or is s/he working on the Rebook 'Vector' account?

    Aug 27, 2003
  • Dabitch's picture

    Truly lame stunt and fucking ugly shirts. "Artist" seems to mean "notalentassclown" these days.

    Aug 29, 2003

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