Italian artist's provocative cartoons marks horrors of the Holocaust

Italian artist's provocative cartoons marks horrors of the Holocaust

America's popular sitcom family, The Simpsons, are behind a barbed wire fence, looking dejected and emaciated.

That image is part of a new series of provocative cartoons, drawn by contemporary Italian artist and activist aleXsandro Palombo to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp.

The artist is well-known for drawing cartoons in the style of popular animated television series, The Simpsons.

The series also cartoonises Holocaust victim Anne Frank, drawn as a yellow Simpson character. But there is nothing adorable about the rest of the image, as she is seen in a gas chamber, holding up a sign that reads 'Never again'.

Anne Frank was one of the most well-known Jewish victims of the Holocaust, through her widely-read "The Diary of a Young Girl", in which she wrote of her experiences during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.

The project, called "Never Again", is an invitation to reflection, an artwork to raise awareness, an indictment against intolerance, a punch to inhumanity, said Mr Palombo.

He added that it was important to educate newer generations on what had happened, and stressed the need to do it "without filters, bluntly, over and over again through the memory of facts and terrifying images that reflect the horror of the Holocaust".

Calling the Holocaust "something unique and unrepeatable for its atrocities", Mr Palombo said Auschwitz-Birkenau is "the symbol of this inhumae delirium, the industry of death."

He added: "It is only through memory that we are able to fight racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and all forms of intolerance that threaten the society, our freedom and the respect for all diversity."

seanyap@sph.com.sg

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