All in the name of art, it is often said, as when contemporary artist Christo decided to wrap a whole island in pink. People called it wasteful, didn’t understand it, but of course, no one understands new art whenever it is presented for the first time. Just think of Pollock if you’re from the US or of Kandinsky if you’re Russian.
However, I must state that I do understand the Jewish community who acted rather surprised upon learning that a Polish art community had decided to stage a game of tag in rather peculiar circumstances. In what can only be a grim reminder for any holocaust survivor if you’re watching it, a group of naked polish people is seen playing tag in the gas chamber of a Nazi concentration camp.
The video, which is already 2 years old but has resurfaced now, was filmed in the Stutthof concentration camp, near Gdansk, Poland.
In it, you can see a handful of naked men and women going into the former gas chamber where the Nazis murdered some 65,000 people during the second world war. In the beginning, they stand calmly but then start to chase each other around playing tag.
For those of you wanting to see it, it can be found at this link :
The video was part of an exhibition titled “Poland, Israel, Germany, the experience of Auschwitz.”
The Organization of Holocaust Survivors in Israel, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and several other groups have now sent a request for clarification to polish President Andrzej Duda as the video has re-surfaced.
Mr Efraim Zuroff, the Wiesenthal Center’s chief Nazi hunter, said: “It is the most disgusting thing I’ve seen in a long time. It is just revolting and a total insult to the victims and anyone with any sense of morality or integrity.”