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Holocaust survivor defends participation in Auschwitz dance video

By Laura Trowbridge     Jul 16, 2010 in Lifestyle
An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor has felt the need to defend his participation in a filmed dance his family did outside of the Auschwitz death camp.
The video of Holocaust survivor Adolek Kohn dancing with his grandchildren to the disco hit "I Will Survive" outside of Auschwitz has raised the question, 'is this an affirmation of life or an offensive disrespect to the dead?'
The videos were filmed last June at Auschwitz and other Holocaust locations as part of an art project Kohn's daughter participated in in Melbourne, Australia. Since January of this year, the video went viral on the internet, drawing some harsh criticism from some in the Jewish community.
Adolek Kohn told Sky News: "Why did I do that? First of all because I came with my grandchildren.
"Who could come with their grandchildren? ... Most of them are dead.
"We came to Auschwitz with the grandchildren and created a new generation, that's why we danced."
His daughter, who filmed the dancing for her art project, said she asked her parents what they thought of some of the negative responses they have gotten over the dance videos. Their response was, "We came from the ashes, now we dance."
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