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Holocaust Museum Scraps Staging of ‘Superstar’
April 20, 2006
By Lauren Horwitch

The Majdanek Museum has rejected the Lublin Musical Theatre’s plans to stage Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar at the Majdanek Concentration Camp outside Lublin, Poland. According to Bloomberg.com, the museum’s director Edward Balawejder announced during a press conference today the proposal to stage the rock musical about the last days of Jesus Christ has attracted too much criticism.

“Majdanek is a place of memory, unity, and brotherhood,” Balawejder said. “We don’t want any production of this play to destroy that.”

The Jerusalem Press reports The Anti-Defamation League said it was “appalled” by the potential production. “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,” ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman – himself a Holocaust survivor – said in a statement. Several Jewish groups and leaders, including former Israeli ambassador to Poland Shewach Weiss, have also publically protested.