Nothing is sacred to some people when it’s time to collect likes and comments on social media. But there are choices of photoshoot backdrops and environments which are more shocking than others. One of these examples is the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, Canada. Ever since the monument was revealed, tourists have been flocking to its somber, massive concrete slabs to pose for photos. Even a local clothing company recently did the same, causing a fierce backlash.
As I’m sure you know, Holocaust victims count millions of people. The estimates go between 11 and nearly 27 million, and according to some sources, more than one million of them remain unidentified. This makes it impossible for their descendants to discover them, learn more about their history, and pay a tribute to them.
Daniel Patt, a software engineer working for Google is on a mission to help them. He has created From Numbers to Names (N2N), an AI facial recognition platform that identifies unknown Holocaust victims from the Second World War photos.
I wish this was some kind of a bizarre joke, but it’s real: there is something called “Holocaust trend” on TikTok. Video creators use makeup to create bruises and injuries and they pretend to be Holocaust victims in heaven. The trend has been spreading quickly, but it has equally quickly caught the attention of the public who has stood strongly against it. Even Auschwitz Museum spoke up against the trend, calling it out for “trivialization of history.”