Artist mocks Holocaust tourists by putting their selfies on horrific Nazi death camp photos

Shahak Shapira's project is chilling and compelling in equal measure

Thursday, January 19, 2017

An Israeli artist has come up with a chilling photo-montage to ridicule people who take selfies at Holocaust memorial sites.

Shahak Shapira has taken a collection of selfies shot by tourists at the Holocaust memorial site in Berlin and superimposed them on original footage from the Nazi death camps.

The project, called Yolocaust, sees smiling, modern colour photos from the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe set against horrific images of mass graves and bodies piled high, taken by soldiers at the end of the Second World War.

Shapira says the selfies were taken from Facebook, Instagram, Tinder and Grindr. Comments, hashtags and "Likes" that were posted with the selfies are also included. 

On his web page, the artist criticises the many people who "take goofy pictures, jump, skate or bike" on the memorial, which attracts thousands of people every year.

However he said that the victims of the Holocaust probably don't worry too much about the raucous behavior, as "they're probably busy doing dead people's stuff rather than caring about that."

Anyone who sees their selfie in Shapira's collection and wants it removed can contact him at an email address given on the Yolocaust website.

Pictures from the site can be seen above.