SHOW HIGHEST REGARD FOR HOLOCAUST VICTIMS

March 19, 2002 11:00 pm

Its clear from an Associated Press story that the Holocaust exhibit in Manhattans Jewish Museum is not for everyone.

About 100 protesters showed up for the opening Sunday of Mirroring Evil Nazi Imagery / Recent Art to urge people to not see the exhibit. Critics of the art display see it as a trivialization of the Holocaust.

The exhibit contains images such as a Lego concentration camp. In another display, the picture of the artist is inserted into a photo of concentration camp prisoners. The artist has a Diet Coke can in his hand. Another display is a cardboard death camp made from a Prada hat box. Viewers had varying reactions to the Lego camp. One woman from Sweden called it horrible, while a Chicago artist said the work was valid because it really gets to you in the pit of your stomach.

Museum officials made an effort to be sensitive by posting a warning sign at the entrance, stating that some Holocaust survivors have found the works disturbing. Visitors may choose to avoid the display by exiting the exhibition through the door to the left.

Its clear that the exhibit lacks the seriousness and solemnity that should be part of a Holocaust remembrance. To put the issue into a contemporary setting, how would Americans feel about a display that trivialized the loss of lives at the World Trade Center?

People may wish to avoid the Holocaust display out of respect to the survivors who are so deeply offended by it. The feelings of the people who lived through one of historys darkest moments should be honored.

GOING TO MADISON?

Want to join the Oregon Ducks mens basketball team at their appearance in the NCAA tournament in Wisconsin this weekend? Get ready to fork over some big bucks for air transportation.

An Associated Press story reported this week that plane tickets from Portland to Madison, Wis., were running an average of $1,100 and some were as much as $2,400. Thankfully, tickets for the arena seats were fairly inexpensive. Tickets were selling Tuesday for $110 for a three-game package, not bad at all.

But getting to Madison is the hassle. If you want to avoid paying more than $1,000 for a plane ride, you could try to drive the 2,100 miles. But that would take approximately 30 hours. A carload of fans leaving at noon today and driving nonstop could get there by 6 p.m. Thursday, in time for a nights rest before the Ducks take on Texas on Friday. Greyhound tickets run $279 round trip, but a person leaving today wont arrive until sometime Friday evening.

Most of us will prefer to spend the 30 seconds or so it takes to get from the refrigerator to our favorite chair, planted a few feet away from our television set, where we can watch the Ducks try to beat the Longhorns to move on in the tournament. Those who are longing to see playoff games in person can head to Boise on Saturday to catch the NCAA Womens West Regional semifinals.