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Updated: Sat, 23 Mar 2013 15:08:46 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Holocaust denier's Nazi-themed artwork spurs debate



Holocaust denier's Nazi-themed artwork spurs debate

Once revered for his ironic Nazi-themed artwork, Charles Krafft has sparked controversy in the art world after being outed in the U.S. media as a Holocaust denier.

The Seattle-based ceramicist has created more than a few swastika-branded pieces, including a Hitler teapot, and has been exhibited in galleries and museums across North America and Europe.

But despite the celebration of Krafft’s sculpted hand-painted pieces, his recent comments have called into question the true motivation for his work.

Krafft maintains he was using the "hot" symbols well before he was a Holocaust denier.

CBC Radio's Day 6 host Brent Bambury spoke with Alan Schechner who has had to fight to justify his own Holocaust artwork over the years.

Schechner said Krafft will having trouble retaining the self-proclaimed ironic meanings of his work given the new revelations.

- Day 6: Holocaust denier Charles Krafft and Nazi imagery in art

"We can't now go and look at those images without an understanding of what his current political views are," he said.

Schechner stopped short of calling for the complete censorship of Krafft's work, but told Bambury he wouldn't be comfortable showing his own artwork beside Krafft's.

"That would be incredibly difficult if I was sitting alongside someone who had reservations about whether the Holocaust happened, or whether it happened to the extent we understand it," he said.

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