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.Musical in Majdanek? What kind of idea is that?
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.
Also, note the inertia of scholarship - it has been established that about 78,000 people died in Majdanek, about 59,000 of them Jews. Foxman still uses the old figure. And who can blame him, if the Museum itself didn't care to update its own website?
28/10/2009 update: the site has been updated.