A teenager has received backlash and death threats for her concentration camp selfie. The problem was that she was taking a photo while smiling with Auschwitz in the background. However, the image should really raise concern over how much teenagers are taught about the atrocities that happened in the notorious camp, as well as many others.
Breanna Mitchell was on a personal trip to the concentration camp after hearing all about the Second World War from her father. She had a deep interest in the whole events and wanted to visit the site. Nobody would have even known where she was had it not been for the caption with her photo stating that she was at Auschwitz.
After that, people retweeted it and quoted it, judging the high school graduate for her actions. She started receiving death threats all because she had the audacity to smile. Many argued that she should have considered where she was and posed with a more suitable facial expression to go with the type of place she was in.
This is not the first time anybody has smiled in a photo at the camp. One selfie in the past was taken inside a gas chamber, which sparked outrage on social media. There have been other group shots, and many who visit the site will acknowledge that people do smile in the photos. This concentration camp selfie went viral and has not led to backlash for the teen to the point where she is receiving death threats. People have also asked her to take the photo down out of respect.
Of course, just because she is not the first person to take such a photo does not mean that she was right for doing it. At the same time, there is the question over whether other people have the right to judge.
However, Mitchell spoke out about her decision and stated that she does not regret such an action. She has explained her reasons to those close to her and that is all that matters. She added that last year her father passed away, so this trip was extremely important for her.
It has sparked a debate over whether children know enough to understand the dark work of Auschwitz and other concentration camps. In Auschwitz alone 1.1 million people were killed, most of them with the gas chambers. Without sites like this still standing, the history would be lost completely.
Some people have attacked the trend of taking selfies. It shows the distastefulness as a whole, as people involved in the selfies are encouraged to make faces, whether happy or sad. Mitchell would have been in a lose-lose situation had she kept a solemn look, as people would have likely hit out believing that she was putting the look on for effect.
Mitchell did not mean any harm by taking the selfie, and it meant something more to her than others will imagine. The issue has sparked debate but the poor teen has been receiving death threats in the backlash for her concentration camp selfie.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham