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Auschwitz Memorial Asks Visitors To Stop Taking Silly Photos At Holocaust Site

Lynne Versluys 25 Mar 2019

The staff at the Auschwitz Memorial has requested that people be more respectful while visiting the site of unspeakable tragedy.

Selfies Are The New Norm

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With the prevalence of social media, selfies and a "pics or it didn't happen" mentality have become the new norm. While there is nothing inherently wrong with heavily documenting your life, some people have definitely taken it too far.

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There Is A Time And Place

There is a time and a place for a cute selfie or a funny group shot, but sometimes it is just not the appropriate response to certain situations. I feel like this shouldn't have to be said, but one of those inappropriate places is Auschwitz, a former concentration camp where over a million people were murdered during the Holocaust.

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And The Place Is Not Auschwitz

From their Twitter account, the staff of the Auschwitz Memorial issued a request that people create their Instagram content somewhere else:

When you come to @AuschwitzMuseum remember you are at the site where over 1 million people were killed. Respect their memory. There are better places to learn how to walk on a balance beam than the site which symbolizes deportation of hundreds of thousands to their deaths.

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People Agreed

People on Twitter were quick to agree, pointing out that people had forgotten respect in their eagerness to "do it for the 'gram."

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Time For Reflection

Others wondered how in the world anyone could think that Auschwitz could be an opportunity for cute social media content and urged people to pause for some reflection, both of themselves and the scars of history.

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A Way To Commemorate Respectfully

The Auschwitz Memorial later clarified its statement, saying that they weren't against people taking photos, but urged people to be respectful. They encouraged​ visitors "to see how images can commemorate victims & teach the ​difficult and emotional history of #Auschwitz" instead of taking a smiling selfie.

Think before you Snap, people.

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