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Artículo Scenes that take the fun out of posing for selfies at a Holocaust memorial News

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Scenes that take the fun out of posing for selfies at a Holocaust memorial

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Antonio J. Rodríguez

24 Enero 2017 09:07

Is it OK to take goofy selfies at a site commemorating the deaths of six million people?

 

These days, being a tourist essentially consists of taking an endless stream of selfies and uploading them all to Instagram so that everyone can see how cool and well-travelled you are.

A statue of some bloke you’ve never heard of? Photo.

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A bridge overlooking a river you can’t remember the name of? Photo.

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A statue of another bloke you’ve never heard of, looking all heroic on top of a horse? Photo.

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A memorial to millions of people who died a terrible death? What the hell, another photo!

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10,000 visitors come to the Berlin Holocaust Memorial every day. Lots of them take photos and selfies. Some of them fool around while they do so: skating, cycling or capering around the 19,000 m² structure.

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Yolocaust is a project by Israeli-German artist Shahak Shapira. His intention is to encourage tourists to stop and reflect before whipping out the selfie stick.

The images speak for themselves. Have a look, and draw your own conclusions.

‘No historical event compares to the Holocaust,’ writes Shahak Shapira.

‘It’s up to you how to behave at a memorial site that marks the death of 6 million people.’

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