Polish photographer Lukasz Szczygielski has apologized for conducting a photo shoot with a half-naked model at the Jewish cemetery in the southern Polish town of Checiny.

Szczygielski explained that he actually wanted to draw attention to what he said was a “neglected” and forgotten cemetery. The Jewish cemetery in Checiny was opened in the 17th century. There are approximately 150 tombstones in the cemetery.

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The model posed against the headstones naked from the waist up, with a necklace bearing a large cross hanging between her breasts.

“This is not the appropriate form of drawing attention to Jewish cemeteries. I would prefer that this man rather clean up the cemetery rather than doing naked session there,” Krzysztof Bielawski of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews told local television station TVP Kielce.

“If it offended anyone I deeply apologize. This was not the intention of the session,” Szczygielski told the TV station.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. During recent national elections in Poland, candidates have begun blaming Jews for a variety of problems in Poland despite the fact that the Jewish population of Poland is virtually nil. This re-emergence of anti-Semetism in Poland has become known as the phenomena of “anti-Semetism without Jews.” Well, apparently the Poles knew something the rest of us didn’t … that the Jews buried in Jewish graveyards were the troublemakers all along.

  2. I have not see the photos. Perhaps the "naked truth" of the photographic message is "mother Poland was very much responsible for the death of thousands of Jews." The problem with attempting to interpret photographs, is that we often bring out own bias into the process.

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