Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ukraine: Jews outraged over ‘Holocaust Cabaret’ in Kiev

Via Times of Israel:
A theater in Kiev provoked protest Tuesday from the local Jewish community after displaying a sign above its entrance proclaiming the title of an upcoming play, “The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret.”

The sign was put up a day earlier, while Israel was marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, and drew criticism from the chief rabbi of Ukraine, Moshe Azman, who posted pictures of the theater on his Facebook page.

“This horror (I cannot find another way to describe it) was hung in the center of Kiev yesterday, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, in the city where Babi Yar is located, opposite the central synagogue!” he wrote, referring to the Nazi execution by firing squads of nearly 34,000 Jews in a Kiev ravine, on September 29-30, 1941.

The play, written by Jewish Canadian playwright Jonathan Garfinkel in 2005 and later updated, is a satirical look at the trials of John Demjanjuk, a former guard at the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland during World War II. Demjanjuk, who moved to the US after the war, was tried in both Israel and Germany for his alleged activities.

“And tickets for the Friday performance are sold,” Azman continued. “I do not know who needs this provocation, but I declare that we, the Jewish community, will do everything to remove this provocation immediately!”

Azman urged people to protest against the sign, and three hours later posted further pictures showing it being taken down.

“Thanks to all non-indifferent people and state structures for an instant reaction,” he wrote, “the sign was dismantled.”
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