Teen justifies Auschwitz selfie

Last updated 09:40 24/07/2014

IN BAD TASTE: Smiling selfie at Auschwitz leaves a poor taste.

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The grinning teen who snapped a selfie on the grounds of Auschwitz concentration camp has defended her actions, saying she "wouldn't do anything different".

Breanna Mitchell, from Alabama, sparked outrage when she uploaded a selfie taken at the infamous death camp, alongside a blushing emoji, on social media.

Mitchell told a US TV show she had visited the site in memory of her father, who taught her about the concentration camps.

"Honestly, I don't think I would do anything differently, because I didn't mean any harm," she said.

"And, like, I told everybody my story behind it, so that's the only reason I don't regret taking it."

She added: "Whenever I graduated, [my parents] said they'd take me out of the States to go wherever I wanted. [My dad] died one year prior to that photo."

When her story picked up momentum, the history buff posted "I'm famous y'all" on Twitter, and boasted to another user "over 150 retweets. Turnnnnnn Uppppppp."

She said she has since received a number hateful messages and death threats, and has made her Twitter account private.

The picture - big smile, one earbud in - was largely criticised as tasteless, and seen to reflect a trend of flippant posts from historically significant sites.

Another teenager, 18-year old Chris Canning, was criticised for his smiling selfie in front of the 9/11 memorial site.

He also defended his snap, saying "I don't just want a photo of the memorial, I want a picture of myself and the memorial. I wanted to capture a special moment."

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