On Thin Ice

In December 2019, a Russian figure skater appeared on the ice to the theme from Schindler’s List, Steven Spielberg’s cinematic masterpiece about the Holocaust. The skater’s choice of music might have passed without comment if not for his choice of costume: a striped shirt in the style of a Nazi concentration camp uniform emblazoned with a large, yellow star-of-David.

To complicate matters, the International Skating Union proceeded to nominate the skater for the best costume award of the competition. After the predictable outcry, the ISU responded with a predictable apology, claiming that the judges had meant to nominate the skater for the costume he had worn in his other program.

Contributing to the hasty apology was, presumably, ...

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