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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Israeli artist made a website to shame people who take light-hearted 'Holocaust selfies'.


Israeli artist made a website to shame people who take light-hearted 'Holocaust selfies'. (TheLocal).


An Israeli satirist in Germany has launched a website using savage humour and shocking images to publicly shame visitors to Berlin's Holocaust memorial who post light-hearted selfies on social media.


The website by Berlin-based artist and activist Shahak Shapira, 28, is called Yolocaust, combining the words Holocaust and Yolo - hashtag shorthand for "you only live once", and went live this week (www.yolocaust.de).

It features a breathtakingly tasteless collection of photos Shapira says he found posted on social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and also dating sites like Tinder and Grindr.
The subjects are dancing, smiling, juggling and even doing yoga at the sprawling maze-like memorial.
Hovering the mouse over each "goofy" picture on the website photoshops in an authentic historical image showing the naked corpses of concentration camp victims.

Shapira says the provocative project is intended as a wake-up call for social media enthusiasts who may be unaware that they are on what many see as sacred ground. It is also timed to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th.

 Answering a list of "frequently asked questions", Shapira addresses issues such as what kind of behaviour is "allowed" at the Berlin site, whose full title is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and which he says draws an average 10,000 visitors per day.

"No historical event compares to the Holocaust. It's up to you how to behave at a memorial site that marks the death of six million people," is his tart reply.

He also preempts potential criticism of his use of the distressing images on the site with a bit of gallows humour.

"'Isn't this disrespectful towards the victims of the Holocaust?' Yes, some people's behaviour at the memorial site is indeed disrespectful," he writes.

"But the victims are dead, so they're probably busy doing dead people's stuff rather than caring about that."

Along with the original selfies, Yolocaust includes the comments, hashtags and "likes" from the original social media accounts, including a caption reading "Jumping on dead Jews @Holocaust Memorial".

  Shapira invites people who feel embarrassed by their photo being featured on the page to get in touch and he will remove it.

"Just send an email to undouche.me@yolocaust.de," he quips.

'Warning to Germany' 


Reaction on social media to the website has been largely positive, and it crashed during its first hours online as it drew half a million clicks, according to his representatives. Read the full story here.

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