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Thu Sep 5, 2019, 12:38 AM

Auschwitz-themed Barbie Doll Death Camp at Burning Man catches ADLs eye

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BY GABE STUTMAN | SEPTEMBER 4, 2019

The San Francisco-based office of the Anti-Defamation League is investigating a macabre art display it called “offensive” and trivializing of the Holocaust at Burning Man, the eight-day saturnalia of built art, mind-bending drugs and social experiments in “radical self-expression” that ended on Labor Day.

Even for the famously brazen Burning Man, held annually in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, the display at the “Barbie Death Camp and Wine Bistro” was controversial, offending some “Burners,” as festival attendees are called, and even sparking an altercation on Aug. 31 that led to an arrest and a smashed vehicle taillight, a camp leader said.

Photos sent to J. show a large-scale diorama that one person described as “Auschwitz-themed” made with Barbie dolls. A sea of nude Barbies is seen moving toward three full-size kitchen ovens. Some are “crucified” on bright pink crosses. Other photos show toy soldiers with semi-automatic rifles “marching” the Barbies from the rear. A banner strapped to an RV proclaims the Barbie Death Camp “the friendliest concentration camp” at Burning Man. Another reads “arbeit macht plastik frei,” a reference to the message over the Auschwitz gate meaning “work makes you free.” It also says the camp is presented by “Auschwitz Inc.” and “The Mattel Co.”

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The creator of Barbie Death Camp, 65-year-old James Jacoby, wonders what all the fuss is about. He’s staged the same camp at Burning Man for the past 20 years. A photo from 2009 shows almost the same scene as the one depicted this year, with hundreds of Barbie dolls being led toward ovens by armed soldiers and a nearly identical banner strapped to an RV reading “Arbeit macht plastique frei” and “Auschwitz Inc.”

Jacoby is a retired financial manager living in Meadow Vista in the Sierra Foothills. At Burning Man he goes by the name “Doc Pyro” or, simply, “Doc.”

Jacoby, who spoke with J. on Sept. 3, said that he is Jewish and that his father was a World War II Air Force pilot who was shot down over Berlin and captured.
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Currentsitguy Sep 5 #4
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Currentsitguy Sep 5 #6
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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 04:03 AM

2. it is art (can't define but "i know it when i see it."

i'm seeing "man's inhumanity to women " as much as I see death camp.

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Response to rampartb (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 10:32 AM

4. Good art takes on different meanings to everyone who views it.

And frankly if it doesn't offend a few, the artist didn't push it enough.

Personally I think this is hilarious.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 10:53 AM

5. i was trying to avoid "hilarious" because i'm sensitive to how hurtful the nazi atrocities were

but yes, that is hilarious, and can never be unseen. art.

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Response to rampartb (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 11:02 AM

6. I admit it. I have a very dark sense of humor

And let's face it. Humor is one hell of a coping mechanism when confronted with unspeakable horror. It helps keep us sane in the face of utter insanity. I think that is something the perpetually offended forget these days.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #6)

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 12:15 PM

7. +1

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 09:20 AM

3. It's amazing the dumbphucks out there who believe the holocaust never happened....

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