Merkel opens Holocaust art expo with anti-Semitism warning

German chancellor Angela Merkel poses by a painting "The Refugee" by Felix Nussbaum on January 25, 2016 in Berlin during the opening of the exhibition "Art from the Holocaust -100 Works from the Yad Vashem Collection" at the History museum in BerlinChancellor Angela Merkel on Monday opened a major exhibition featuring works by Jewish concentration camp prisoners, as she pledged to combat a feared rise in anti-Semitism in Germany linked to a record influx of refugees. The show, "Art from the Holocaust", brings together 100 works on loan from Israel's Yad Vashem memorial by 50 artists created in secret between 1939 and 1945 while they were confined to the camps or ghettos. The drawings and paintings on display at Berlin's German Historical Museum depict the suffering, drudgery and terror endured by the detainees.


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