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Woman Slammed For Posing For Pictures At Berlin's Holocaust Memorial

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Woman Slammed For Posing For Pictures At Berlin's Holocaust Memorial

A woman is facing a lot of criticism on social media after she was filmed posing up for photographs at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. You can see the video that sparked this outrage below:

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In the clip, during which a woman can be seen posing in a black sports bra and leggings whilst sitting on one of the concrete slabs that make up the memorial, a passer-by can be heard to say that they are 'horrified beyond words'.

That seems to be a fairly common response, judging by some of the comments.

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The woman and her accompanying photographer were sitting on the 'Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe', as the monument in the German capital is known.

It was constructed in honour of those who were killed in the Holocaust during the Second World War, one of the worst atrocities that humanity has ever known.

Credit: TikTok/@influencersinthewild
Credit: TikTok/@influencersinthewild

Spanning 19,000 square metres, and featuring 2,711 concrete blocks of differing heights, it was created by architect Peter Eisenman and brought to life by engineer Buro Happold.

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Tourist website Visit Berlin describes the monument as: "A place of contemplation, a place of remembrance and warning."

So far, around 28,000 people have commented on the post of the woman.

One said: "I'm horrified beyond words.' That sums it up."

Another wrote: "I would have interrupted and told them to leave.

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"Sorry but this is unacceptable and someone should have said something".

However, others have defended the woman, as - at the end of the day - they're only taking a picture.

One person commented: "So, she's just taking a picture... y'all reaching."

Credit: TikTok/@influencersinthewild
Credit: TikTok/@influencersinthewild
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Many others have pointed out that the architect himself said that people can use the memorial however they see fit.

Well, within reason, of course.

In 2017, Eisenman said: "People have been jumping around on those pillars forever. They've been sunbathing, they've been having lunch there and I think that's fine.

"It's like a catholic church, it's a meeting place, children run around, they sell trinkets. A memorial is an everyday occurrence, it is not sacred ground."

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He also made an important distinction between his memorial and places such as Auschwitz, where there are people buried.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The architect continued: "But there are no dead people under my memorial.

"My idea was to allow as many people of different generations, in their own ways, to deal or not to deal with being in that place, and if they want to lark around I think that's fine."

That hasn't stopped people from being critical, though.

As one other put it: "The people saying 'the artist said it's ok to take photos' are completely missing the point of why this is disrespectful."

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@influencersinthewild

Topics: Instagram, World News, Berlin, Germany, Social Media, Weird, TikTok

Tom Wood
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