My parents migrated to Australia in 1949, four years after walking out of Auschwitz. They worked hard rebuilding their lives, but not only did they work hard, they also partied hard. Every year they threw a compulsory dress up party for all their friends – nearly all of them Holocaust survivors.
This video is dedicated to my mother and father, Marysia and Adolek Kohn, and their friends, who rose above their tragic past with a burning desire to dance and celebrate life.
My recent project, Dancing Auschwitz, triggered much controversy. When questioned about the appropriateness of the work, my father replied: The dancing was very important because today we are alive. We survived. We were dancing to the song of survival. We also prayed for the dead at the camps before we danced.
My mother’s response was: We came from the ashes, and now we dance!