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January 21, 2017

Taking “selfies” at the Berlin Holocaust Memorial site

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:23 am

You can read about tourists, taking selfies at the Holocaust Memorial site in Berlin, on this news story:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/features/1.766017

Teenagers having fun at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Teenagers having fun at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

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A newly unveiled online project called “Yolocaust” delivers a stinging message for those who not only act disrespectfully at a Berlin Holocaust memorial but capture their behavior and share it with their friends on social media. The project, which debuted on Wednesday, was visited by so many Germans that the computer server hosting it crashed, according to reports in the German media, where it was covered with great interest.

The project, created by Berlin-based Israeli satirist and author Shahak Shapira, aims to “explore our commemorative culture by combining selfies from The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin with footage from Nazi extermination camps.”

The site features real colorful selfies of young people have taken at the Holocaust memorial that Shapira found on Facebook, Instagram, Tinder and Grinder, and includes captions like “Jumping on dead Jews @Holocaust Memorial”. When the viewer moves their computer’s mouse over the photos – without even a click – they suddenly transform to black and white, and graphic black and white photographs of the extermination camps appear in the background.

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You can read more about the Berlin Memorial on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Berlin2002/JewishMemorial/index.html

My personal opinion is that this eyesore, in the heart of Berlin, should be torn down. Allegedly, Hitler’s bunker is underground at this site. It should be opened and shown to tourists.