Friday, September 18, 2020
Home Europe TikTok Holocaust trend 'hurtful and offensive'

TikTok Holocaust trend ‘hurtful and offensive’

AuschwitzImage copyright
Getty Images

Image caption

The Auschwitz Museum says people should not be shamed for taking part in the trend

A TikTok trend where people pretend to be Holocaust victims is “hurtful and offensive”, the Auschwitz Museum says.

Users have shared clips of themselves with fake bruises, wearing clothes that Jews were ordered to wear by the Nazis.

The museum – at the site of the former Nazi concentration camp – said some of the videos on the app were “beyond the border of trivialization of history”.

But it warned against “vilifying, shaming and attacking” those who have taken part.

The trend has been heavily criticised on social media as “disrespectful” and “disturbing”.

In a statement, the museum says: “Stories of people who were imprisoned and murdered in Auschwitz are incredibly tragic, painful and emotional.”

It adds that some of the videos “were not created to commemorate anyone but to become part of an online trend”.

“This is very painful,” the museum says in the statement posted on Twitter.

However, it adds that the “motivation of some people” posting the videos came “from the need to find some way of expressing personal memory.

“They use the symbolic language familiar to them.”

Rather than shaming those who participate, it should be used as an “educational challenge”, the museum says.

The Holocaust saw the genocide of six million European Jews people and more than a million people were killed at Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945.

TikTok has not yet responded to Newsbeat’s request for comment.

Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 weekdays – or listen back here.

5 COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Australian footballer awarded ‘landmark’ disability payout

Publishedduration2 hours agoimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionShaun Smith, 51, was a high-flying Aussie rules footballer in the 1990sA former Australian Rules football player has been awarded a A$1.4m (£0.8m; $1m) insurance payout for brain damage suffered from match concussions.Shaun Smith, who was a prominent player in the 1980s and 1990s, had said he could no longer…

China holds drill as US envoy visits Taiwan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A file photo of a Chinese People’s Liberation Army warship China says it is conducting military exercises near the Taiwan Strait to "protect its sovereignty" even as a top US official visits Taiwan.The live-fire drills come amid rising tensions between Beijing and Washington, and as the US moves to…

Friday’s gossip column

Liverpool have enquired about Ismaila Sarr and discussed his situation with Watford, who want £36m for the 22-year-old Senegal striker. (Mail) external-linkSarr has been identified by Manchester United as an alternative option if their move for Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho fails. (Independent)external-linkManchester United are considering moves for Inter Milan's Croatia winger Ivan…

Fantasy football tips for gameweek two

Are you planning on bringing Bruno back?There is nothing normal about the Premier League at the moment, but Manchester City and Manchester United both missing out in the first week of fixtures threw another spanner in the works for many fantasy football managers.Did you pick players from the two clubs anyway and just have them…