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Zbigniew Libera, LEGO Concentration Camp (1996). Seven boxes of different sizes from which a miniature concentration camp can be built. This artwork was included in the exhibition Mirroring Evil: Nazy Imagery/Recent Art held at the Jewish Museum, New York, in 2002. Libera is a Polish artist who lives in Warsaw. His concentration camp work had been originally sponsored by LEGO Corporation, which subsequently retracted the sponsorship and brought a lawsuit against him. LEGO Concentration Camp sparked a controversy as well as many critical interpretations.

Below, the cover of Tova Reich’s My Holocaust, satirical novel about the commodification of Holocaust remembrance. Tova Reich is a Jewish American writer who lives in Washington. Short stories and articles by Reich have appeared on The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her husband, Walter Reich, is a former director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. “The cover of My Holocaust resembles a child’s board game, like Chutes and Ladders but with sprigs of barbed wire and playful figurines in striped prisoner’s garb. A cattle car sits near an ice cream truck. Hanging from colorful striped poles are the words ‘Auschwitz’ and ‘Birkenau’. The concentration camp gate, where the ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ always went, now says ‘A Novel'” (David Margolick, Happy Campers, The New York Times).

Four book covers inspired from the “Salome sequence” of the controversial film The Night Porter (“Il portiere di notte”, Liliana Cavani, 1974). The Charlotte Rampling character, Lucia Atherton – a concentration camp survivor who has a sadomasochistic relationship with the former Nazi SS officer Maximilian Theo Atdorfer (Dirk Bogarde) – has become the symbol of the eroticization of the Holocaust, and has heavily inspired the subsequent Nazi-Sexploitation cinema mostly produced in Italy in the late 1970s.