When I visited Auschwitz for the first time in 1998, I had an old-fashioned camera, which used film. Photoshop did not yet exist, so what you see is what you get.
I also had, with me, one of the first digital cameras ever made. I took photos with my 35 mm film camera, and then pulled out my digital camera, which amazed my tour guide, who had never heard of such a thing. I explained to her that, in case my photos on film didn’t “turn out,” I needed back-up photos on my new digital camera, which recorded photos on small computer disks. I had a disk reader for my Macintosh computer which I could then use to transfer the photos to my computer.
Imagine if I had taken a “selfie” with my digital camera at that time. My guide would never have recovered, even to this day.
Now, I have learned the shocking news that some Israeli teens are taking “selfies” at Auschwitz-Birkenau where their great-grandparents were murdered in gas chambers. You can read all about it here.
This shocking quote is from the article, cited in the link above:
Two months ago, the Israeli Ministry of Education approved a new Holocaust education program that will introduce the sensitive subject as early as kindergarten. The plan has received a lot of criticism from parents, who see it as traumatizing for the children and part of a “brainwashing” by the current government. In one of the posts on the page, a picture of Israel’s education minister reading a book to the children is seen, and the caption reads: “Along came big, bad Hitler…”
About a year ago, I wrote a blog post, in which I mentioned that my grandson was told about the Holocaust in kindergarten in America: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/if-you-dont-have-mandatory-holocaust-education-in-your-state-demand-it/
If American students can learn about the Holocaust in kindergarten, why can’t Israeli students?
There is nothing wrong with taking “selfies.” My grandchildren take photos of their food before eating it. They have never been to Auschwitz, but if they did go, they would probably take a “selfie” with the Arbeit macht Frei sign in the background.