ADL Appalled that Concentration Camp is Site for Musical, "Jesus Christ Superstar"
Update (April 21): Polish government officials say they have cancelled plans for the performance of "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the former Nazi concentration camp Majdanek. More>>
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.
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.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.