This TikTok Trend Of Teens Cosplaying Holocaust Victims Is As Infuriating As It Sounds

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*Whispers to self* Don’t get mad. Don’t get mad. They’re just stupid kids doing stupid kid stuff. Remember when you stole your uncle’s Playboys and replaced them with trading card becketts? That was doomed to fail. He was too horny. Kids grow up, their frontal cortex develops, their worldview widens. Be easy on them.

*Takes deep breath*

Sadly, this isn’t just two misguided females cosplaying one the most deadly genocide in history, it has become a TikTok trend particularly with young people.

Those associated with the Auschwitz Memorial—a museum on the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Oświęcim, Poland commemorating the 1.1 million people who died there—have since responded to the trend, calling the videos “hurtful and offensive” in a statement to its one million Twitter followers.

What’s more upsetting than some tone-deaf videos is what they could indicate.

In 2018, CNN polling revealed that the memory of the Holocaust is starting to fade in Europe, with a third of those polled saying they knew just a little or nothing at all about the Holocaust.

Don’t get mad, folks. Get educated.

Ok, you can get a little mad.