The best way to stop Hitler’s thinking from re-humanizing humanity is to let the people know about it, to be more aware and alert, and to actively participate in the battle with it.
From February 11th to June 15th, 2010, the San Francisco Modern Jewish Museum has a unique “art” exhibition that attracts many visitors and brings people the opportunity to shock and reflect on history. The 600 works of the exhibition have one thing in common: they are both painted and made on the same book page, which is Hitler’s My Struggle.
Five years ago, the French artist Linda Ellia accidentally got a French-language “My Struggle” and suddenly came up with an idea: “I want to write my words in his words. I want to give him my answer.” Elijah is going to answer Hitler in Hitler’s book, because as a Jew, this book is like a dark ghost that has been entangled in her heart, making her sleepy and painful. “This kind of torture makes me mad.”
At the beginning, Aria planned to do the work herself. After three months, she felt too painful and too lonely. So she invited her two children to join. The 13-year-old son, Gregory, used the mud in his pot to blacken the pages of his book, and his 20-year-old daughter Dai Dai then glued his big satellite necklace and other personal belongings.
Aria then invited relatives and artists to join, but at first everyone could hardly understand why they had to do this on the pages of My Struggle, and they didn’t even want to touch the book.
An occasional opportunity has injected new vitality into Eliya’s already troubled plan. A friend of her introduced her to the former French Minister of Health, Mrs. Simona Weir. Mrs. Will herself is a survivor of the Ozwisin concentration camp. When Eliya met with Mrs. Will, she brought her 40-page work. She recalled: “I am very worried, I don’t know what kind of reaction Mrs. Will will have…. She silently page one Turning over the page, when I looked up, my eyes were filled with tears. She hugged me and said to me: Thank you for doing this. From now on, I am the godmother of it, its protector.”
Aria was greatly encouraged. She sent the pages of My Struggle to many people around the world and asked them to express their feelings on the pages they received. Among these are artists, writers, professional or non-professional, Jewish or non-Jewish, survivors of the Holocaust or ordinary people. In the past three years, more than 600 people from 17 countries have sent back pages to Linda. They have pictures on the map, written on the paper, useful with glue collage, useful fire scorch, useful seams, Sticking to something else. Eliya combined these pages into one volume, named Notre Combat (“Our Battle”), a “battle” on the pages of the authoritarian, a good and evil, self-help and hatred, resistance Engage with persecution.
The “works” of these exhibitions are historical pictures on the pages of “My Struggle”. The pictures of history are not drawn on the latest and most beautiful white paper. Its background is unforgettable ugliness, hatred and Fierce. These pictures are engraved with the imprint of disaster memory, expressing common themes that collective memory touches: the railroads leading to the concentration camp, the fingerprints of the victims, the faces deformed by fear, the skulls, the Nazi characters, the faces of Hitler. The most dazzling is the red color of human blood.
Just a week before the exhibition, it was reported that some German historians are actively lobbying to republish “My Struggle.” They believe that it is time to publish a version that makes a correct commentary, lest the book become a propaganda that spreads hatred and violence again in the future. After the Second World War, the Bavarian State of Germany had laws prohibiting the publication of this book. The book, published 85 years ago, will expire in 2015. After that, will the neo-Nazi group take this opportunity to publish it again and become a public concern in democratic countries, including the United States.
How to treat “My Struggle” has always been a controversial issue, and the idea of prohibiting and opposing the prohibition is the same. The exhibition of painting “My Struggle” in San Francisco gives people a new perspective and another opportunity for discussion. It allows us to see the possibility of translating the totalitarian evils of one or a few into education for the next generation. Eliya said that she showed “our battle” to the children who came to the museum. “They just understand it.” The best way to stop Hitler’s thinking from re-humanizing humanity is not to let the people know about its existence, but to let them know about it, and thus become more aware of it, more vigilant, and actively participate in it. Go in the battle. 600 ordinary people from 17 countries have participated in this battle. They form a symbolic human moral group. The human value they share is universal.