Holocaust Memory and Online Shaming

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  1. Halororor@gmail.com' Jake says:

    Just to point out a flaw in your article – you do not have the right to engage with the space however you wish. There are plaques with rules that specifically forbid being loud and jumping on the stone blocks. There are also guards who patrol and police tourist behavior. Both times I’ve been, I’ve seen guards reprimand people for jumping or standing on the stone blocks.

    There is very clearly officially prescribed and desired behavior from visitors.

    When someone is photographing themselves jumping with the caption “jumping on dead Jews”, they’re not engaging with the monument in any kind of positive way. It’s making light of one of the biggest atrocities in recent memory. We have people alive today whose parents or grandparents lived through it. That kind of behavior and callous disregard for human suffering is indefensible.

    Far from policing behavior, I saw Yolocaust as a call for people to show some tact and class, and to reconsider how they engage with monuments of this nature and the effect their behavior has on others. I would be deeply ashamed if a Jewish person told me my behavior at a holocaust memorial offended them.

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