The Auschwitz museum has joined a chorus of criticism against a new TikTok Holocaust trend, calling it “hurtful and offensive”.

The recent trend has seen users of the video-sharing app role-playing as Holocaust victims and recounting how they died.

The short clips show some young people donning fake bruises, striped clothing or a Star of David armband, which Jews were ordered to wear by the Nazis.

A furious backlash quickly erupted with a raft of social media users branding the videos “trauma porn”.

Now the Auschwitz Memorial has condemned the trend in a Twitter post, but it also warned against shaming young people involved.

The museum shared a longer statement with the caption: “The ‘victims’ trend on TikTok can be hurtful & offensive. Some videos are dangerously close or already beyond the border of trivialization of history.

“Some were not created to commemorate anyone, but to become part of an online trend. This is very painful.”

“But we should discuss this, not to shame & attack young people whose motivation seem very diverse,” it added.

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