Wife of Putin aide sparks outrage after Holocaust-themed ice dance

Posted November 28, 2016

This is why you can never take the subject too lightly.

Who would've thought that a Holocaust-themed ice skating routine was in the works, too?

The stunt has resulted in calls from social media users for an apology from the performers.

An Olympic figure skating champion who is the wife of Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman performed a dance based on the Holocaust film "Life Is Beautiful" - an act that horrified viewers overseas.

Navka's Instagram account soon was flooded with indignant comments.

In a post on Instagram, she added: "Our children need to. remember that awful time, which I hope, God willing, they will never know".

The duo performed the questionable piece for the Russian reality TV program "Ice Age".

Competitive skater Tatyana Navka and her partner, Andrew Burkovsjy, glided across the ice grinning in black-and-white striped pajamas emblazoned with the Star of David and death-camp serial numbers, according to the Daily Mail.

Despite the controversy from the wider world, it appears from the clip shared on the programme's official YouTube page that the routine was well-received by the audience. An episode of Russia's Dancing with the Stars in April also featured a Foxtrotting Nazi dancing to Frank Sinatra's Fly Me to the Moon, Forwardreports.

Six million Jews were killed across Europe during World War II. She also said children need to remember and know about the Holocaust.

"If in that ice dance, dedicated to Holocaust, all that was present then I see nothing wrong about it", Gerber stressed. Navka is married to Dmirty Peskov, who is Vladimir Putin's chief spin doctor. It'd be hard to argue that turning suffering into a ice skating routine doesn't have an even greater (perhaps much, much, much greater) diminishing effect.