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Holocaust-themed skating performance gets blasted

Holocaust-themed skating performance gets blasted

Navka competed with her partner Andrew Burkovsjy on the Russian television show Ice age, the Daily Mail reported.

Russian dancer and 2002 Olympic silver medalist Ilya Averbukh meant well when he choreographed a Holocaust-themed skating routine, which was performed by yet another Olympic medalist, Tatiana Navka, and actor Andrei Burkovsky.

The Saturday night peak time Nazi-themed item was said to be based on the Italian movie Life is attractive, a 1997 tragicomedy about an Italian-Jewish man's fight to survive in a Nazi concentration camp.

Ms Navka's performance has been met with disbelief and shock across social media, with many commenters describing the costumes as being in very poor taste.

Their dance sparked outrage in Israel.

"None of the six million danced and the death camps were not a summer camp, and I think that perhaps they need to understand that themselves from our responses", Regev said.

"So, in that respect, this performance was actually a refreshing change and a different way of looking at the Holocaust. That's why it had some value".

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dmitry Peskov, Navka's husband and a presidential spokesman, praised his wife, even though he said that the Kremlin wouldn't comment on the matter. "This is all I can say".

While some Russians were indignant at what some saw as mockery of the memory of the dead, others posted messages of support on Navka's Instagram account, saying that the dance brought tears to their eyes.

"This routine is my idea", Averbukh, who is also Ice Age's chief producer, told Komsomolskaya Pravda on Sunday. A routine for Russia's version of "Dancing with the Stars" in April featured a man dressed as a Nazi officer searching for a young Jewish girl in hiding.

Putin, as well as Russia's top leaders, have paid homage to Holocaust victims in the past and "have spoken against attempts to justify the crimes of Nazis or their allies".

Their routine was based on the Holocaust, which was evident in their battered appearance and their outfits which resembled prison uniforms that bore the Star of David.