A museum in Tartu, Estonia, has sparked condemnation after a very unorthodox approach to Holocaust remembrance: by laughing at it. Among the exhibits is a scandalous video of children playing tag in a gas chamber, minutes before death.
RT has opted not to post any photos from the showing on ethical grounds.
There are a number of exhibits at ‘My Poland: Of Remembering and Forgetting’, which have aroused the anger of Estonia’s Jewish community. Another includes a mock-LA setting, with the giant word ‘Hollywood’ replaced by ‘Holocaust.’
The exhibition, set up to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi death camps by the allies, is the first of its kind in Estonia, according to the local newspaper Express. It runs from February 7 to March 29.
There were upwards of 1,000 Estonian Jews who didn’t make it out of the country and faced death in the camps.
Rael Artel, who curates the “celebrated exhibition of modern art” at the Tartu Art Museum, appears to have a different mission entirely than the usual approach to the Holocaust as one of the most unspeakably dark chapters in human history. On the museum’s website, he explains how the museum considers it its mission to help artists see painful history through a different prism in order to be able to talk about it more comfortably.
“Humor and irony”, according to the coordinator of the exhibition, Julia Poluyanenkova, “is a way to overcome trauma. The intention here isn’t entirely to discuss the actual events, but to attempt to understand how the generations of us that remain deal with trauma, with events that have traumatized the human soul,” RIA Novosti quotes her as saying.