For my final project I created a blog titled “Holocaust Memory Online.” I originally wanted to write a research paper, but there were not enough sources to do that successfully. For this project I looked at TikTok accounts from four different Holocuast memorial institutions/sites, Neuengamme, Mauthausen, Bergen-Belsen, and Dachau. For my blog I wrote a total of six posts, and introduction, one post for each account, and a conclusion post. In the posts dedicated to each site I did a close reading of two TikTok videos and an introduction to the site and the people who make the videos. Overall it was a really interesting project and I learned a lot about these different sites from their videos!
Hopefully this project can be a helpful resource for people interested in Holocaust history, public history, or digital history! I think creating TikTok accounts for these memorial sites was a great tool during Covid-19 when visitors were not able to visit. I am curious to see if and how they continue to make TikToks. I also hope that people continue to study TikTok as an educational tool for historians and sharing history in general!
I am really glad I had the opportunity to do a project like this. Normally for history stuff I just write papers but this was a fun way to talk about history that wasn’t writing a long research paper. I feel like I learned so much from this class and I had a lot of fun taking it! I’d love to hear your thoughts on my project. Hope y’all have a great summer!
Hi, making a quick update! I just heard back from the Neuengamme Memorial and have some interesting info to share! Firstly, all of their videos are a collaborative effort between volunteers, historians, and other departments at the memorial like the foundation, archive, etc. The videos are researched as a team and are proofed by a historian before they are posted. The most insightful bit from their response was about anti-Semitism. They use a filter to prevent anti-Semitic and hate speech from popping up in their comment sections, which is why I never saw any anti-Semitic comments. They also have a contact at TikTok to help with any tech issues like having videos banned because they deal with Holocaust material. So definitely an interesting realization. I think it’s great that they have a contact at TikTok to help with shadow banning and stuff and anti-Semitic comments, but it makes me curious about why this institution has these things but TikTok does not do that for all users. I am not sure how much work goes into it all, but if there is a formula/filter for hate comments….why isn’t it all over TikTok? Anyways that is my little update!