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Yolocaust project

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.

Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

The exact meaning and role of the Holocaust Memorial are controversial. To many, the grey stelae symbolize gravestones for the 6 Million Jews that were murdered and buried in mass graves, or the grey ash to which they were burned to in the death camps.

Designed by American architect Peter Eisenman, the Holocaust Memorial has been controversial even before its unveiling in 2005. Critics argued that its abstract nature makes it an ineffective memorial symbol, but the monument has taken the imagination of the people.

The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin
The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin¹

No historical event compares to the Holocaust. It’s up to you how to behave at a memorial site that marks the death of 6 million people.

Yolocaust project by Israeli satirist and author Shahak Shapira
Yolocaust project by Israeli satirist and author Shahak Shapira

Yolocaust project by Jewish artist Shahak Shapira combines selfies taken at Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial with archival images of the victims of Nazi concentration camps.

Yolocaust is a project by Israeli satirist and author Shahak Shapira that explores our commemorative culture by combining selfies from the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin with footage from Nazi extermination camps. The selfies were found on Facebook, Instagram, Tinder and Grindr. Comments, hashtags and “Likes” that were posted with the selfies are also included.

[1] By Chumchum14 [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons