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  • Yael Bartana, Mary Koszmary (Nightmares), 2007, video, color, sound, 11 minutes. Sławomir Sierakowski.

    Yael Bartana

    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    In February of last year, Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, made it illegal for citizens to suggest that their nation bears any responsibility for the horrors of the Holocaust. Though the Holocaust law, as it became known, was revised several months later to remove criminal penalties for infractions, its program of historical erasure was evidence of the strong resurgence of anti-Semitism in a nation once home to more than three million Jews.

    These national debates over the legacy of the Holocaust lend new interest to Israeli artist Yael Bartana’s film trio And Europe Will Be Stunned, 2007–11,

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