Auschwitz Selfie

Auschwitz Selfie

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Updated Mar 05, 2019 at 03:36PM EST by Brad.

Added Jul 21, 2014 at 05:03PM EDT by Molly Horan.

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Auschwitz Selfie refers to a selfie taken by teenager Breanna Mitchell as she stood in front of Auschwitz concentration camp. After Mitchell posted the selfie to Twitter she faced a backlash from people who felt taking a picture in front of the camp, especially featuring a smile, was insensitive and offensive.

Background

On July 20th, 2014, Breanna Mitchell tweeted[1] a smiling selfie of herself with a caption which explained she was standing in front of Auschwitz, a concentration camp in Poland.


Princess Breanna @PrincessBMM Follow Selfie in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 4,383 3,013

In less than 48 hours the tweet gained over 4,000 retweets and over 3,000 favorites. Many of the retweets were critical of the picture, saying it was an inappropriate place to take one. Mitchell, however, retweeted those defending the tweet.


księżniczka @2heely4bela Follow How're you gonna post a smiling selfie in Auschwitz????? North Carolina, USA Reply t Retweet ★ Favorite MoreMarc Schmitz @MarcSchmltz * Follow Yes she may have chosen the wrong title "Selfie in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp" but it is simply just a selfie. So calm down people. Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More 2:23 PM-20 Jul 2014

However later that day Mitchell sent out a tweet which expressed a desire for the tweet to be left alone. As of July 22nd, Mitchell's twitter feed has been made private.


Follow @PrincessBMM Omg I wish people would quit tweeting to, quoting, retweeting, and favoriting my picture of my smiling in Auschwitz Concentration Camp. わReply Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 19

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Media Coverage

Also on July 20th, Business Insider[2] published an article titled "This Teenager Is Getting Harassed After Her Smiling Selfie At Auschwitz Goes Viral." The same day the tweet was also covered by Buzzfeed[4] and Newsday.[5] The following day the tweet was covered by the New York Post[3] and The Mirror.[6]

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