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New Brooklyn New York studio offers Holocaust survivor Disco dancing

By Mason White 1:31 PM March 5, 2013
Disco dance club 

By: David Ross
A new studio is helping Holocaust survivors by offering Disco dancing, according to press reports in New York.

The new program aims to help Holocaust survivors in Brooklyn, New York. Since the beginning of this year, Minnie’s Place, a unique dance club in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Canarsie, has hosted elderly survivors for therapy sessions to the pulsating rhythms of 1970s club music.

The club is located inside the Hebrew Educational Society on Seaview Avenue. Minnie’s place is pimped out in black lights, a disco ball and an aromatherapy diffuser with psychedelic images projected on the walls. The facility also installed voice sensitive lights.

Elderly Jews will psychologically and spiritually benefit from the multisensory space, designed in accordance with a therapeutic approach developed in the 1970s by the Institut De Hartenburg in the Netherlands. It is meant to help deal with the pain and anxiety caused by repressed memories of the Holocaust.

“I feel like I’m in heaven,” Dora Zalcberg, 89, said. “This makes me forget all my problems and what I went through,” she added.
Zalcberg, who was a teenage prisoner in the concentration camp Parschnitz, is one of 350 Holocaust survivors who are expected to use the facility. The dance is free, lasting 30 to 40 minutes once a week.