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.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 7/28/2014, 10:52 PM


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 AL.com

“[...] 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.