Influencer poses at Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, onlookers 'horrified beyond words'
A TikTok account called 'Influencers in the Wild', which shares clips of influencers posing in public places, posted the video
Social media is outraged after an influencer was filmed posing at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. The clip gained millions of views on TikTok since being posted. The incident reportedly left an onlooker “horrified beyond words".
A TikTok account called 'Influencers in the Wild' -- which shares clips of influencers posing in public places -- posted the video on social media platforms like TikTok and Twitter. In the clip, a woman can be seen wearing a black sports bra and leggings, sitting on one of the concrete slabs and posing for pictures with a photographer seemingly present before her. The photographer then gives the woman some instructions, and she leans back with her hands. She can be seen moving her head to ensure her hair is not messed up by the wind. While this happened, an onlooker filmed the incident. Expressing her disgust at what was happening, a woman can be heard saying, “I’m horrified beyond words.”
This is the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. Don’t do this. pic.twitter.com/2X1OIAe0qq— influencersinthewild (@influencersitw) October 30, 2021
The 'Holocaust Memorial' is officially known as 'Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe'. Opened in Berlin back in 2005, the memorial was built to remember and honor the memory of the Jews who lost their lives during the Holocaust in World War II. The design, which includes 2,711 concrete slabs of different heights, spans 19,000 square meters.
"In 1999, after lengthy debates, the German parliament decided to establish a central memorial site, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The competition to design it was won by the New York architect Peter Eisenman," Visit Berlin says about the memorial. "The area is open day and night and from all four sides you can fully immerse yourself in the fully accessible spatial structure. The memorial is on a slight slope and its wave-like form is different wherever you stand. The uneven concrete floor gives many visitor a moment of giddiness or even uncertainty. Its openness and abstractness give you space to confront the topic in your own personal way. The sheer size of the installation and its lack of a central point of remembrance call into question the conventional concept of a memorial. This creates a place of remembrance, but not with the usual means."
"The memorial to the Shoah is supplemented by the underground information centre, also designed by Eisenman. In a space covering 800 square metres you can find information on the victims and the locations. Themed rooms such as the Room of Dimensions, the Room of Families, the Room of Names and the Room of Sites deal with the fates of individuals, with photographs, diaries and farewell letters. Short biographies take the victims out of their anonymity. Historical photographs and film footage show the sites of persecution and extermination," it adds.