Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Half-baked Holocaust idea

What is it they say? The road to hell is paved with good intentions... something like that.

Anyway, having just passed Holocaust Remembrance Day, one expects tributes and homages to be in force as millions of Jews and gentiles reflect on the horrors of the Shoah.

Unfortunately, some folks down in Brazil apparently lost the memo saying that these things should be executed tactfully. That, or Brahma beer-imbibing has been mandated as part of the school curriculum in Brazil of late.

In preparing for the annual debauchery that is Rio de Janeiro's Carnival celebration this coming weekend, a local school has entered a Holocaust-themed float, outfitted with numerous naked, plastic torsos meant, one imagines, to conjure images of the mass graves and piled bodies we've all seen in the old, grainy footage of the Nazis' cameras from WWII.

Reading this Reuters article, I get what they're trying to do. I get the theme. I get that they're trying to convey a message of respect for the past. I just don't get how this is anywhere near the proper venue for such a thing. People, use your heads.


Hipster Jewfus said...

I agree - this is so offensive

Jorge said...

The Latino mindset is very different from the North American one. You must understand that to some, this is considered a fitting way to memorialize an event -- even one as tragic as the holocaust. That being said, Latin American Jewish communities are not happy with this at all.

I personally would have been more upset by an Israeli Apartheid float showing IDF soldiers battering "defenseless" Palestinians.

Blintzkrieg said...

Interesting Jorge. Maybe we're less cognizant of the Latino mindset up here.

But it still somehow rings wrong (to my North American sensibilities and as a grandson of survivors) to have someone dressed as Hitler dancing on top of a pile of fake dead corpses for Carnival.