Sick TikTok users pose as Holocaust victims in vile new ‘trauma porn’ trend

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TikTok users are pretending to be Holocaust victims in a shocking new trend called “trauma porn”.

A raft of users have applied make-up to imitate burns and bruises, and explain to the camera how they “died” at the hands of the Nazis.

Some included the background image of Auschwitz, a concentration camp in Poland where more than a million Jews were killed.

They have been viewed thousands of times and some have more than a hundred thousand likes, Wired reports.

Briana, 19, an Ashkenazi Jew based in Los Angeles, lost family members in the Holocaust and addressed the new trend on Twitter.

She wrote: “Most creators are doing [these videos] to hop onto a trend so they can get likes and exposure [but they are] ill-informed and woefully ignorant.

“These kinds of trends are so normalised these days, there’s also a level of shock value content which I think is outdated and in bad taste.

“This shock value further desensitises viewers to this type of behaviour and normalises this type of harmful content.”

Briana called the series of videos “trauma porn”.

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One 17-year-old who pretended to be a Holocaust victim told Insider she was trying to “educate people”.

The teenager spoke about how she had been deported to Auschwitz where her family were killed, in footage which has since been deleted.

She said: "I've always been interested in the history of the Holocaust and just wanted to make a creative video informing people about it on TikTok.

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“It was never intended to be offensive.”

Diane Saltzman, the director of survivor affairs at the US Holocaust Museum, said: "Imitating Holocaust experiences dishonours the memory of the victims, is offensive to survivors and trivializes the history."

She added: "The Museum encourages everyone, especially young people, to learn about the Holocaust and understand the lessons it holds for us today.”

Daily Star Online has approached TikTok for comment.

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