Thursday, July 22, 2010

I Will Survive

I just came across this video and thought I would share it.

Via Neatorama:

Jane Korman’s 89-year-old father Adolek Kohn arrived at Auschwitz in a cattle car over 65 years ago. In 2009, he returned to Auschwitz and other locations in Poland associated with the Holocaust and did a victory dance with his daughter and several of his grandchildren. See parts two and three of this project as well. When Korman first exhibited the videos in Australia, she received quite a bit of criticism:
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.”

What do you think?  Is this the type of celebration that survivors should be exhibiting as they remember the past but look to the future, or is it disrespectful?

Friday, July 9, 2010

Some Updates

First off, it seems that the email links on the Kristallnacht Project site have not been working correctly.  We are not sure how long they were not working and apologize if anyone attempted to contact us and was unable to get a response.  The problem has been corrected.

Also, you might notice a few changes to the site as we have tweaked the direction of this project in a way that we think will make it much easier and interesting for people to participate and become a part of this undertaking.  We're still working a few things out but should have something more concrete to share with you by the end of the month.  Thank you for your patience and interest!