An Australian Jew filmed a video of her family singing and dancing along to the Gloria Gaynor hit "I Will Survive" while on a trip to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. Jane Korman posted the video of her 89-year-old father Adolk, who survived the Holocaust, and her three children dancing to the hit inside the infamous extermination centre which killed as many as 1.1 million people during WW2. At one point her father is seen wearing a T-shirt which has "I will survive" written across its front.
"I wanted to make artwork that creates a fresh interpretation of historical memory," Korman said. Korman says her father fully supported the idea that this was "a celebration of life and survival."
Many other Jewish survivors have however reacted negatively to the video, accusing her of disrespect. Yet Korman added; "It might be disrespectful, but he 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."
Apparently the video , 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.
I personally think the video show poor judgment by this family. They fail to comprehend the impact this has on others. However, because they are a family of Holocaust survivors, I will show restraint. The fact that this poor man managed to survive to dance with his granddaughters is already a blessing.