Yolocaust is a project by Israeli satirist and author Shahak Shapira that explores our commemorative culture by shaming disrespectful selfie-takers from the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.
“Over the last years, I noticed an interesting phenomenon at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin: people were using it as a scenery for selfies. So I took those selfies and combined them with footage from Nazi extermination camps,” Shapira wrote. He found the selfies on Facebook, Instagram, Tinder and Grindr, and then combined them with the terrible footage from concentration camps. He also included the comments, hashtags and “Likes” that were posted with the selfies. From pictures of people juggling, doing yoga and smiling to comments like “jumping on dead jews” – the artist was shocked when he saw it all on social media.
“About 10,000 people visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe every day. Many of them take goofy pictures, jump, skate or bike on the 2,711 concrete slabs of the 19,000 m² large structure,” Shapira wrote. “The exact meaning and role of the Holocaust Memorial are controversial. To many, the gray stelae symbolize gravestones for the 6 Million Jews that were murdered and buried in mass graves or the gray ash to which they were burned to in the death camps.”