If the museum doesn't want to be compared to Mengele, then they must not use his logic to justify the unjustifiable. To claim that any group has moral or ethical superiority over an individual, is precisely what Mengele did. The Nazi claim that "Millions stand behind me," uses the will of a greater number of people to deny human rights to one person.
Originally Posted by janni
The current museum administrators' stance is that their cultural mandate morally outweighs Dina's human experience and rights. Wrong! and so they open themselves to comparison to Mengele and the Nazis by their own actions.
In that old fairytale, it wasn't the little boy who could not see the Emperor's New Clothes who was wrong. It was the evil men who convinced the Emperor that only the truly "worthy" among his subjects could see the fine and glorious fabric of his new wardrobe. No matter who is to blame, the Emperor is still naked on parade, and expecting the people to be impressed by his new clothes. Like that little boy, I am unimpressed.
The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights is merely a glass through which we can see clearly, the nature of the fabric in which all Emperors clothe themselves.
But I would never argue against returning the paintings to the artist from whom they were wrongly acquired. To that end, I do support Ed Cherniga's very admirable efforts, and would feel honoured to have my work included in any show he organizes to achieve those ends.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for enough good people to do nothing." ~Edmund Burke