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"Why not launch a big, dancing middle finger directed toward the agents of apathy and malevolence"

The Anchoress, who needs to be a regular stop on your tour across the blogosphere, brings us to something that might initially cause some serious cringing, but as you learn more and as you stick with it, you're likely, as I did, to find yourself doing a complete 180:

At first I thought: no; this is not solemn enough for a place of unimaginable horror and inhumanity.

Then I thought: This man survived it. He sort of owns all of it. He can do what he wants. But is this encouraging people to take things too lightly?

Then I concluded: We are watching the disease of Anti-Semitism, upon which these places were built, again fester in Europe, and the "global community" can barely be bothered to notice. The age is so bathed in irony that almost nothing is taken seriously; the people can't pull themselves away from their gadgets...so why not? Why not launch a big, dancing middle finger directed toward the agents of apathy and malevolence, who thoughtlessly spout their hate, or who simply can't be bothered speaking against it.

"I survived, baby! You did your worst, and now I dance on your historical dustbins. And I'll dance again!"

Go for it, sir!

If you're still not sure what this is about, the video's informational notes will bring clarity:

On a recent trip to Europe, a family of three generations (a Holocaust survivor, his daughter and his grandchildren) dance to Gloria Gaynor's pop song - 'I Will Survive' at concentration camps and memorials throughout Europe. This dance is a tribute to the tenacity of the human spirit and a celebration of life. It is an affirmation that man can triumph over the darkest of circumstance and still strive to find beauty and peace. Similarly, each one of us has to face the adversary of our own lives and find the spirit 'to survive.' In making this video, my intention was to present a fresh perspective to younger generations who have often become desensitized to the horrors of the Holocaust. I hope 'Dancing Auschwitz' will allow historical memory to live on, so that the lessons of the past will be forever remembered. Both my mother & father, as well as being my inspiration, have also been my support throughout this project. At times, when I have felt challenged by its appropriateness, they have reminded me that 'THEY CAME FROM THE ASHES- NOW THEY DANCE!' www.janekormanart.com


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Somebody needs to send I'm-... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Somebody needs to send I'm-in-a-dinner-jacket and the ruling mullahs the url for this. Their heads will explode and then the middle-east will be a somewhat safer place.

Well done.

I didn't cringe at all. I t... (Below threshold)

I didn't cringe at all. I thought it was a great video.

"In making this video, my i... (Below threshold)

"In making this video, my intention was to present a fresh perspective to younger generations who have often become desensitized to the horrors of the Holocaust."

Well, I am not sure I can speak very authoritatively because I am not a Holocaust survivor nor am I Jewish. I was not put off nor amused by the video but when I read the note above, I thought that there are atrocities that are so horrific that future generations need to understand the level of depravity inherent in them. In a world where anti-semitism is beginning to raise its ugly head again I don't think this video teaches future generations anything. I have no problem at all with this gentleman expressing himself in this manner; heck, he was a victim of this horror. But as a message to future generations who are "desensitized" to the horror, I don't think this really contributes anything.

Bravo!... (Below threshold)


My father is a survivor of ... (Below threshold)
Michael K.:

My father is a survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. He was in the same barracks as Eli Wiesel in Buchenwald.

I cannot image doing this with my father or my father even contemplating such a thing.

Apathy and malevolence. I d... (Below threshold)

Apathy and malevolence. I don't think a person can be apathetic and malvolent at the same time.

Sure beats any rap video I'... (Below threshold)

Sure beats any rap video I've ever started to watch. I give it 3 thumb's up.

Anti-semitism is "rearing i... (Below threshold)

Anti-semitism is "rearing it's ugly head" again because more people feel emboldened to openly practice it again. There are many reasons for it. Some of the reasons are the UN permitting the worst of the worst (Iran) to have a major voice in a conference on racism, the utter failure of human rights groups to unequivocally condemn anti-semitism, Obama's open indifference (to put it mildly) to Israel, the list goes on and on.

Those who overtly voice their anti-semitism without suffering any condemnation construe the silence as a tacit approval. They then progress toward action. I fear the world is heading down another ugly path.






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