Auschwitz warns people to stop posing for photos on concentration camp railway tracks

Mar 22, 2019

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Auschwitz warns people to stop posing for photos on concentration camp railway tracks

Mar 22, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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When posing for photos, especially Instagram photos, people often forget about good taste and respect. Because of this, Auschwitz Museum is publicly urging its visitors to stop posing on the railway tracks that carried hundreds of thousands of victims to their deaths.

In a recent tweet, Auschwitz Museum shared a few photos from visitors, asking them to show some respect to the site and to the memory of Holocaust victims. “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,” the tweet reads.

Auschwitz was the deadliest concentration camp established by Nazis during World War II. In modern day, the memorial has plenty of visitors every year, with the record number of over 2.1 million in 2018. In an interview with Business Insider, Pawel Sawicki, a press officer at Auschwitz Museum, said that most of the visitors didn’t pose any problems. However, he said that there was an increase in photos of people posing on the railway tracks, and it demanded a response.

Sawicki added that a part of the museum’s mission “is to protect the memory and dignity of the victims of Auschwitz.” Although the museum has publicly called out people who pose on Auschwitz’s railway tracks, the goal was not to shame them. According to Sawicki, the aim was to raise awareness among visitors and have them “aware of the nature of the place they visit.”

In a later tweet, Auschwitz Museum noted that photography at the site wouldn’t be banned, but the visitors should behave respectfully when taking photos. The staff referred to the museum’s Instagram account for examples of photos that commemorate victims without being disrespectful to the sad and tragic history of the place.

Personally, I’m not surprised by people’s narcissism and the need to be in every photo they post on social media. But I am surprised how easy they forget about the grim history of a place such as Auschwitz and how easily they strike a pose for a “fun” photo. I think that Auschwitz Museum did the right thing by making a public appeal. And I hope that it would be enough for people to stop and think for a minute before they say “cheese” at this gloomy place.

[via Business Insider]

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14 responses to “Auschwitz warns people to stop posing for photos on concentration camp railway tracks”

  1. Alexandre Ayoubi Avatar
    Alexandre Ayoubi

    People are dumb.

  2. Lisa K Larson Avatar
    Lisa K Larson

    *SIGH* Why do some idiots have to ruin things for people with brains?

  3. Вергунов Сергей Avatar
    Вергунов Сергей

    What about selfies with smiles?

  4. Emma Jenkins Avatar
    Emma Jenkins

    I hate the age of selfie taking . Especially as an event photographer

  5. Chris Hutcheson Avatar
    Chris Hutcheson

    Don’t hold your breath.

  6. Brian Leadingham Avatar
    Brian Leadingham

    Seriously! Why are they taking pictures there at all?

  7. Maciej Denenfeld Avatar
    Maciej Denenfeld

    Last time I was there, couple of mothers with kids were taking nice family shoots under main gate, and few guys had a cigarette brake in front of crematory. That was a group of foreign visitors from other country. No words… For them that was another museum to visit…

  8. Stewart Scott Avatar
    Stewart Scott

    Let people do what the fuck the like, they will show themselves up to be the ignorant shallow individuals that they really are. People take selfies at the Colosseum in Rome on a daily basis and that was a theatre of death yet nobody complains about that. I’m not condoning the ill taste of selfies at Auschwitz but we have to accept that this is the type of people we are creating today. It’s all about likes and comments that is the sick reality we need to address here.

    1. heat_fan1 Avatar
      heat_fan1

      We don’t have to accept it. We can educate people and hope that at least in some places they can not feel the urge to get likes. It’s disrespectful not just to the dead but to those who are still alive with pain, who may be visiting or coming across photos like this.

  9. Paul Shore Avatar
    Paul Shore

    Auschwitz is a place to be respected. You should feel remorse .its not a photo opportunity to say look at me .it’s a place for silence thought respect and prayer for the people that died .

    1. Trino Pam Avatar
      Trino Pam

      I saw japanese taking photos and smiling at the iceneration ovens 20 years ago. ? these “news” are not new

  10. Trino Pam Avatar
    Trino Pam

    20 years ago people were already doing it already… why is it only now a problem???

  11. Milen Andonov Avatar
    Milen Andonov

    There were hundreds of thousands people managing/working in these camps (killing field managers maybe) – there are people like em nowadays who would do the same job with ease and satisfaction, some of em are tourists taking pictures with no regret for the massacres. Simple fact.

  12. Ghostsluvrice Avatar
    Ghostsluvrice

    Please, what a dumb joke… trying to dictate what kind of photos people take is ridiculous. People take photos at Tuol Sleng in Cambodia, Hacksaw Ridge and Normandy Coast, Civil War battlefields, the Colosseum in Rome (400k dead), Okinawa – that’s what life is, freedom – and you should be free to celebrate that. If that means doing a balance beam on the railway track, holding a flower in the camp, posing with a smile, a selfie, or especially kissing your beau.. The more life and happiness you can bring to this place the better. Who are they to tell you what you can and can’t do – and what they deem is appropriate?