I’m not sure, but I think this is the first post I placed in both the “Ethics” and the “Tomfoolery” categories. It is definitely foolish—in the sense that the book of Esther and centuries of Jewish humor in the face of unspeakable prejudice and persecution are foolish. It is also ethical in that it exposes the principalities and powers that lay behind Auschwitz to the ridicule they so richly deserve.
According to the YouTube write-up,
On a recent trip to Europe, a family of three generations (a Holocaust survivor, his daughter and his grandchildren) dance to Gloria Gaynor’s pop song – ‘I Will Survive’ at concentration camps and memorials throughout Europe.
This dance is a tribute to the tenacity of the human spirit and a celebration of life. It is an affirmation that man can triumph over the darkest of circumstance and still strive to find beauty and peace. Similarly, each one of us has to face the adversary of our own lives and find the spirit ‘to survive.’
I love this big, brash, smart-aleky Bronx cheer to Jew-haters everywhere and heartily concur with the Anchoress, who writes,
At first I thought: no; this is not solemn enough for a place of unimaginable horror and inhumanity.
Then I thought: This man survived it. He sort of owns all of it. He can do what he wants. But is this encouraging people to take things too lightly?
Then I concluded: We are watching the disease of Anti-Semitism, upon which these places were built, again fester in Europe, and the “global community” can barely be bothered to notice. The age is so bathed in irony that almost nothing is taken seriously; the people can’t pull themselves away from their gadgets…so why not? Why not launch a big, dancing middle finger directed toward the agents of apathy and malevolence, who thoughtlessly spout their hate, or who simply can’t be bothered speaking against it.
“I survived, baby! You did your worst, and now I dance on your historical dustbins. And I’ll dance again!”
Go for it, sir!