December 7, 2012
Swedish artist uses 'ashes from Holocaust victims'
Artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff said that he stole the ashes from the Majdanek camp during a visit in 1989.
The camp, now a museum in Poland, has called the alleged theft an "unimaginably barbaric act".
The artist said the ashes were mixed with water and used to paint a series of grey streaks in the small painting.
Salomon Schulman, a key figure in Sweden's Jewish community, told Swedish television that the art was "repulsive in the extreme", according to news website The Local.
Writing in the Sydsvenskan newspaper, Mr Schulman questioned whether it should be called art.
"Who knows, some of the ashes might come from some of my relatives," he wrote.