6 Million People
A friend of mine Jacob Rome sent me an invitation for a group on Flickr called 6 Million People. Recently there has been some conversations going on in places on Flickr about Nazism and censorship and I think that in part this group represents an ambitious project to try and honor the 6 million who were killed in Nazi Germany and remind people of what a horrible thing in history that the Holocaust was.
From the group description:
“Please help us remember the holocaust dutifully and respectfully by adding your self-portrait, or a photo of a person you love, to our pool. Add as many photos as you want, but please submit no more than 1 picture of any person, so that in the end we will have close to 6 million pictures of people, with a different person the subject of each picture. It’s going to take a long time to add up to 6 million pictures—that’s 200,000 Flickr pages with 30 images each—but our goal is 6 years or less. When we complete the project, it will be a memorial to those who died, and will provide us a with a way to visualize all those people. Thank you for helping and supporting us in our goal.”
So far it looks like this group is off to a somewhat slow start — about 152 images in 5 weeks, quite a ways away from 6 million.
But this is where the power of the internet and the blogosphere and social networking and all of that can change things. I have no doubt that if the word is spread on this project that it can be realized and so here I’m asking for your help.
If you support this remembrance and project then I’m asking that you join me in joining this group on flickr and posting a self portrait to this pool (my self portrait is above).
And more than this I’m asking that you spread the word, in your flickrstream, on your blog, with your friends. If this happens, this would be one of the largest movements in the blogosphere yet and certainly the most important thing that’s been done with Flickr to date. Things like this are possible because we all are connected. Let’s make this group’s vision happen.
To get even more visibility for this project digg this story here.
Update: Certainly it’s not only the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust that are worth remembering. Please note this passage from the group description:
“Although Jews were the primary victims of Nazi racism, others targeted for death included tens of thousands of Roma (Gypsies) and at least 200,000 mentally or physically disabled people. As Nazi tyranny spread across Europe, the Germans persecuted and murdered millions of other people. More than three million Soviet prisoners of war were murdered or died of starvation, disease, or maltreatment. The Germans killed tens of thousands of non-Jewish Polish intellectual and religious leaders, and deported millions of Polish and Soviet citizens for forced labor. From the earliest years of the Nazi regime, homosexuals and others deemed to be socially unacceptable were persecuted. Thousands of political dissidents (including Communists, Socialists, and trade unionists) and religious dissidents (such as Jehovah’s Witnesses) were also targeted. Many of these individuals died as a result of incarceration and maltreatment.”