Jewish artist defends YouTube video 'Dancing Auschwitz'
Jewish Australian artist Jane Korman created video installation of her family dancing in front of Holocaust landmarks to show different point of view.
A YouTube clip depicting five people dancing to the tune of Gloria Gaynor's song "I will survive" in front of Nazi concentration camp
Australian Jewish artist Jane Korman filmed her three children and her father, 89-year-old Holocaust survivor Adolk, in the video clip "I Will Survive: Dancing Auschwitz."
The clip depicted the Korman family dancing in front of Holocaust land marks in Poland, including infamous entrance sign to Auschwitz death camp reading "Arbeit Macht Frei," a Polish synagogue, Dachau, Theresienstadt, and a memorial in Lodz.
Her father at one point in the clip even wore a shirt on which the word "Survivor" was written.
During a recent family visit to Israel Korman said that she thought of the idea after she encountered hatred toward
Many Jewish survivors have reacted gravely to the video, accusing her of disrespect. Yet Korman told Australian daily The Jewish News that “it might be disrespectful, but he [her father] is saying ‘we’re dancing, we should be dancing, we’re celebrating our survival and the generations after me,’ - the generation he’s created. We are affirming our existence.”
When the video was first released in December 2009,
“I wanted to make artwork that creates a fresh interpretation of historical memory,” Korman told Jewish News.
Apparently the video installation, which was exhibited in an
Korman's mother, who was also a Holocaust survivor, refused to join the trip because