At 85, a holocaust survivor who lived among the bodies of Auschwitz’s concentration camp prisoners has been made a TikTok star.
Tova Friedman appears in videos that Aron Goodman (17 years old) shot in New Jersey.
They have been viewed 75 million times since they started posting them in September 2021.
Ms. Goodman was only six years old when she was taken to Auschwitz in 1944/45.
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TikTok, Ms Friedman stated, is a “fabulous media for the Holocaust for young people who do not want to read the books”.
It’s for people who “don’t like school classes, or don’t like how teachers teach or anything else”.
She pointed out that “Here they were, listening.”
Commentators on the videos claim that they have learned little or nothing about the Holocaust from classes.
Aron stated that the most watched videos are those that “show her number”. This is the inscription that was tattooed on Auschwitz prisoners’ arms.
He said, “People all over the world don’t get the chance to really see a survivor and to see their history on their arm.”
“So social media and TikTok are the ways we can convey our message and show evidence of the Holocaust that people wrongly deny.”
One TikTok features black-and white footage of Ms Friedman and other Jewish children in the early 1945.
She stretches her sleeves to expose the tattoo on her forearm.
The Soviet military shot the film a week after liberating the camp.
Ms Friedman was raised by her mother who lived far away. She taught her how to survive by not looking at the guards and hiding in dead bodies.
After the war, her mother was unhappy and she died in her 40s.
Aron stated that he creates the videos online to counter antisemitic speech and educate TikTok about the horrors in the Holocaust.
The teenager stated that it was important to look at the past and warn people about the dangers of hate if it isn’t stopped, and if no one takes action.
Ms. Friedman, a social worker and therapist, spoke out about how to create a new life after such a terrible atrocity.
“This is what i’d like people to know. It is the hope that humanity can heal itself.