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I Will Survive: Dancing Auschwitz

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 9-07-2010 13:05 | Category: Human rights, Peace & Conflicts

On a recent trip to Europe, a family of three generations (a Holocaust survivor, his daughter Jane Korman 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.
Despite the systematic brutality and cruelty endured, we have still survived.

“If someone would tell me here, then, that I would come sixty something three years later with my grandchildren, so I’d say ‘What you talking about?’ So here you are. This is really a historical moment.”


Below is the second part of the ‘Dancing Auschwitz’ video installation series. This video shows Marysia and Adolek Kohn, the Wysokiers, Leda Gringlass and the maker Jane Korman when she was a little girl dancing freely with her parents and their friends in a forest outside Melbourne.
This footage illustrates how both dancing, and her parents attitude to life, have been woven into Jane Korman’s own life.

This clip below complements the previous two clips in the series ‘I Will Survive: Dancing Auschwitz.’ In June 2009, Jane Korman, together with her father, her four children and niece, travelled to Poland to retrace her parents’ past.


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