ADL Appalled that Concentration Camp is Site for Musical, "Jesus Christ Superstar"
Update (April 21): Polish government officials say they have cancelled plans for the performance of "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the former Nazi concentration camp Majdanek.
New York, NY, April 18, 2006 …The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today said it was "appalled" by plans to present the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the Majdanek Concentration Camp outside Lublin, Poland.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, and a Holocaust Survivor, issued the following statement:
We are appalled at the poor taste behind the decision to present this musical at the site where Jews were enslaved and killed. A site such as Majdanek, the second largest Nazi concentration camp in Europe, cannot be treated as if it were a public park or an entertainment venue. It is a sacred place dedicated to the memory those who suffered and to the more than 230,000 Jews and others killed within its gates.
We call on the organizers of this event to move it to another venue.
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ADL Applauds Polish Government For Stopping Plans For Musical At Former Nazi Death Camp
New York, NY, April 21, 2006 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today applauded Polish government officials for their immediate action to halt plans by a theater company to stage the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the site of the former Nazi concentration camp Majdanek, near Lublin.
"We appreciate the government's response, yet we still find it hard to fathom how this could have ever happened," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor. "Concentration camps are not public parks. They are sacrosanct and are meant to serve as museums, memorials to the dead and permanent monuments to the horrors committed by the Nazis.
"If anything, this episode speaks volumes about the need for continuing Holocaust education and for resensitizing ordinary Polish citizens to the horrors perpetrated at these camps, as well as the importance of protecting and respecting the many sites across Poland where mass killings occurred," added Mr. Foxman.
On April 20, the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C. released a statement to ADL explaining that, "The unfortunate information about the decision of the local authorities in Lublin was released to media prior to any consultations with the proper authorities in Warsaw." The Polish Culture Ministry, in a statement issued by the state press agency PAP, quoted camp museum director Edward Balawejder as saying, "With regret I have to refuse to give permission to use Majdanek for presentation of this spectacle."
Read more online on our web site at http://www.adl.org/PresRele/HolNa_52/4902_52
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