Should it surprise us that somebody made a music video with inserts of, you know, Holocaust corpses and stuff, edited into images of people partying to some house music?

For many people, especially those born two generations later, the Holocaust and even the war itself are simply a relic of history. They contain as much truth and meaning to many as, say, the discovery of America or the One Hundred Years War.

So if all images carry the same weight, and if all historical events carry the same forgotten meaning and lessons, and if some people really enjoy dancing to a good beat, especially with unusual but easily found images of perhaps the bodies of my murdered family members resting in a deathly repose in a wheelbarrow, why shouldn’t we let these European youths have their fun?

An Internet video that depicts the Nazi death camp Auschwitz as a rave party drew sharp criticism Wednesday from a Jewish rights group, which urged authorities to have it removed from European Web sites.

The three-minute video titled “Housewitz” — a pun on house music and Auschwitz — casts Nazi soldiers as DJs. It alternates black-and-white still photos of Holocaust atrocities with color images of youths at an outdoor party. And it advertises a “Free taxi ride home,” showing a wheelbarrow full of corpses.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s European office denounced the video as “outrageous,” saying it goes “beyond the bounds of freedom of expression to an unprecedented level of obscenity.”

So far the video has been found on a Dutch website as well as two Polish websites (in a moment, one of our infrequent posters will advise us that it’s the fault of Jews because some Poles are really angry at them for historical lies dating back to WWII). The Dutch website, which seems to be down today (how odd…)

says it’s doing nothing wrong in posting the video. The site, whose name means “no style,” says it mixes news with “light subjects and pleasantly twisted nonsense.” It has published a disclaimer saying it copied the video after learning it was being talked about in Internet chat rooms.

“We didn’t make the video, but it is an integral part of the discussion by our viewers. It’s not illegal and we don’t intend to remove it from the site…”

So, it seems they’re in the clear, I guess. I do think it makes for a legitimate discussion, and it’s a little difficult to have the discussion without seeing the video.

Anyway, I couldn’t locate the video itself, although I saw some clips at a Polish news show. In light of PETA using Holocaust imagery to make a point, Prince Harry wearing a swastika to a party, and a Lego artist making a Holocaust set from Legos, I’m not surprised that some young student found humor in this desecration of murder.

He wrote in his cinematic tour de force, “tanzen macht frei” which means “dancing makes you free” and is obviously a take-off on “arbeit macht frei.”

It’s amazing what people will do just to encourage a bigger crowd to join a dance. Who knows, maybe the clever guy realized the images were in the public domain? Maybe he thought that if he could generate a big crowd, the larger pool of people might help him get laid. Maybe he thought it was art.

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