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Jewish 'Fans' of Auschwitz?

By Devra Ferst

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It seems like an oxymoron to be a Jew and be a “fan” of Auschwitz, but there are thousands of such fans.

They’re not fans of the infamous concentration camp, but rather “fans” of the Auschwitz Memorial page on Facebook. The Auschwitz Museum in Poland launched the page earlier this week, and museum officials have since posted on it historical facts about the Holocaust, a discussion board and a photo gallery.

“If our mission is to educate the younger generation to be responsible in the contemporary world, what better tool can we use to reach them than the tools they use themselves?” Auschwitz Museum official Pawel Sawicki told Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot.

The Auschwitz Museum first reached out to a younger audience online with a YouTube channel earlier this year.

Other Holocaust memorials and museums, such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem, have already branched out to Facebook, but none as successfully as the Auschwitz Memorial, which has already surpassed the number of fans of the other two.


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