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December 08, 2006

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What a petty bunch of god-awful anal officials! This is not the occasion for curatorial-legal platitudes. Why not make replicas of the paintings and give the originals back to the artist? As a visitor to the museum, I'll feel much better to know the museum made that gesture. What better way to publicly honor the memory of the victims than to give her what she literally owes her life to. Exasperating that this is a debate.

That is exactly the solution suggested by many, including Art Spiegelman, the author of the stunning series of Maus "comic" books commemorating his father's incarceration at Auschwitz. I too think that Gottliebova Babbitt should have her paintings back. Perhaps the museum curators have for so long been the custodians of Nazi memorabilia, that they have internalized their notorious bureaucratic traits.

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