“Dancing Auschwitz”


Via The Chutry Experiment I came across this YouYube video, filmed by artist Jane Korman, of a Holocaust survivor and his family dancing it up at several different concentration camps in Germany and Poland.  This is Part 1:

I’m not sure I know what to make of it. Certainly, it’s disconcerting to watch people dance to Gloria Gaynor’s “I will Survive” at concentration camps, but the video raises all sorts of interesting questions about trauma, representation, responsibility and memory.  Here’s Korman commenting in Haaretz:

…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.

I’ll have to think about all of  this some more, but The Atlantic has an interesting article/discussion about the videos as well, and you can find Part 2 here and Part 3 here.

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