Sic Semper Tyrannis

I don’t usually cry before breakfast.

First of a three part series: Jane Korman, with her father, a Holocaust survivor, and her children, make the pilgrimage back to Auschwitz — and dance.

This seems to have offended a few people while igniting gratitude and exultation in many others. It jars me at times, but it comes across as a family’s truth.

I can only conclude that horror and survival — as a human being, as a family, as a race — necessarily involve some reactions that could be considered bad taste.

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12 thoughts on “Sic Semper Tyrannis

  1. I can understand this. Saying the biggest fuck you to death. Gloria Gaynor might not have been my choice, but I’m with them on the sentiment.

  2. “Come on, let’s dance” Zorba called to his U.S friend when things were most bleak. Dance is a ritual, often a propitiating one, in many cultures. As the saying goes, in French “Laissez les pisse-vinaigre parler”.

    • What a splendid phrase! Even though the words have a much different implication than I’m used to. Now in American slang “piss and vinegar” means fighting spirit and attitude (which is what I think we see in that video).

  3. I went on vacation in Poland and we visited Auschwitz-Birkenau. A shocking, chilling place, i’m a keen photographer but left there without a single photo.

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