In 2007, I got to go to Poland and trek around a bit. One of my stops was Auschwitz concentration camp which was a place I had wanted to visit for a long time. It is obviously a place of tremendous sorrow and horror--and always will be. But Jamie and I were both impressed by a certain Mr. Kohn, who survived Auschwitz and returned more than 60 years later with his grandchildren to dance at Auschwitz to the tune of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." Some have found it offensive, but most have been deeply moved.
I like the idea of re-claiming the darkness in our lives and re-branding it. Bringing life out of death, perhaps even ridicule to what once haunted us. As I've gotten older, I've learned that this is what has to be done in this life: A re-branding of what once defeated us, so that we are in control instead of being controlled. So hats off to Mr. Kohn. Watch the video to the end if you can.