Dancing at Auchwitz video – Moving Piece of Video Art or Inappropriate and Insensitive?

Jane Korman, A Melbourne Australia-based Artist has come under attack online for a recent video that appeared on YouTube showing her 80-something year old, Holocaust-survivor father and several other family members dancing Gloria Gaynor’s disco hit “I will Survive”at various holocaust-related locations including Auschwitz.

Here’s the video below. What do you think? Is it offensive?

Add: Well…it seems that the video below was pulled from YouTube due to copyright violation. But, you can watch it HERE.

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6 Responses to Dancing at Auchwitz video – Moving Piece of Video Art or Inappropriate and Insensitive?

  1. Jill says:

    The older gentleman was there – lived the horror. He is now dancing with his grandchildren in the same spot where he might have been murdered.

    I found it very touching and moving.

  2. I’m not sure of the actual intent of the piece but I can see how it may seem insensitive. The issue is the event in history was horrific and we hold on to that horror because it seems to be the collectively appropriate response. However, for those directly affected, family of past prisoners included, it may be insensitive to ask that they maintain the same collective appropriate response, they are affected on a much deeper level. How does this experience still affect those personally impacted? What power has it taken over their lives to this day? Speaking to WWII veterans and veterans of wars after the things they do and places they have been becomes part of them and many it imprisons long after the event has passed. To dance on these sites, something that previously has not been witnessed, may be to release the psychological power of the place. This is a powerful statement, more than half a century later it still holds many in it’s grasp, referring to these places. Dancing at these sites can be a powerful form of resolution, draining the power of the site on its victims and giving them back more of their lives. This can be a very strong form of resolution. The piece that becomes important and is acknowledged is the dancers, they make the piece powerful through their direct relationship to the event. If it were dancers not directly affected by the event it would be considered in poor taste.

  3. Carlos Siqueira says:

    I hope someday Palestinians can dance too, secure in their own land.

  4. Michelle says:

    I couldn’t get through the video. While they certainly have a right to express their feelings about the holocaust, to me this video is an example of very bad “art.” Meaning, they are trying to be artistic but just doing a very bad job of it.

    Personally, I found the video disrespectful. So many people suffered in WW2. I have not visited Auschwitz yet but have visited a museum and come face to face with a small machine that decapitated children. That was sobering. The topic is sobering and art reflecting this tragedy should be on the level of what humans experienced.

    Smiling and sticking faces out of a cattle car is not entertaining, or thought provoking. It’s stupid. Sorry, I am venting, but this video really offended me personally.

  5. PD says:

    I find the quality of the dancing offensive

  6. susana says:

    Is it for me to say? It is definitely not something I appreciate, but if this holocaust survivor chooses to participate in this then it his choice. Much like there is an acceptance that it is OK for African Americans to use the “N” word (whether I like the usage or not is another story), it seems to me that this person has the right to acknowledge his history as he chooses. That said, no I’m not that thrilled with the piece, but I don’t dispute the creators good intentions.

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