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Woman Behind 'Auschwitz Selfie' Defends Her Actions

Eighteen year-old Breanna Mitchell insists she 'wouldn't do anything differently' after taking smiling selfie in death camp.

Tova Dvorin,


An Alabama teen has defended her actions this week, according to the Huffington Post, after she posted a "selfie" in the Auschwitz death camp.

Eighteen year-old Breanna Mitchell posted the photo over a month ago, but it went viral weeks later.

Mitchell insists that the photo is not an anti-Semitic statement, but merely a tribute to her father, whom was supposed to have made the trip with her but died shortly before her senior year in high school. 

The photo has nonetheless sparked a formidable backlash.

"There were death threats. Somebody told me he would come over and poison me," Mitchell told

“[...] People have just taken it so far,” she said. “They have photobombed my picture with the World Trade Center. I don't understand why.”

Mitchell remains unfazed by the backlash, however; if anything, she seems to have reveled in the media attention the move brought her. 

In a tweet posted July 20, she posted an article on the controversy, with the phrase, "I'm famous, y'all." 

"Honestly, I don't think I would do anything differently, because I didn't mean any harm," she said in a recent interview. "And, like, I told everybody my story behind it, so that's the only reason I don't regret taking it."

Earlier this year, a German teacher was arrested for stealing relics from the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum, including items belonging to several victims of Nazi genocide.