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 Auschwitz has resurfaced at the center of a trans-Atlantic controversy.

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 Israel and Jews in Australia and added that she wanted to give her concerns presence during the heritage tour of Poland she recently took with her family, and take a different approach to the matter.

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 were dancing, we should be dancing, were celebrating our survival and the generations after me, - the generation hes created. We are affirming our existence.

When the video was first released in December 2009, Melbourne media reacted strongly to the video and even accused Korman of using the Holocaust to promote her art.

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 Australia art gallery, was also picked up by several neo-Nazi websites in which they wrote "look, the Jews are still dancing in every corner. We aren't through with them; we will finish them in the next Holocaust."

YouTube video clip 'Dancing Auschwitz.'

Korman's mother, who was also a Holocaust survivor, refused to join the trip because Poland held too many bad memories, Korman said and added that her father, on the other hand, mostly supported her idea of an artistic venture.