New Auschwitz ‘showers’ cause visitor outrage
Management at the former Nazi concentration camp have caused controversy by installing sprinklers above entrances to the site.
When the team in charge of the Auschwitz Memorial installed sprinklers outside the former Nazi concentration camp, they thought they were helping visitors keep cool in the blistering summer heat – instead, they have sparked outrage.
As temperatures soared in Poland over the weekend, offended visitors to the site compared the cooling misting stations to the death “showers” – used to exterminate members of the Jewish faith, as well as homosexuals and a host of other “undesirables” – at the camp during the Second World War.
“As a Jew who has lost so many relatives in the Holocaust, they looked like the showers that the Jews were forced to take before entering the gas chambers,” one visitor told the Jerusalem Post.
“Someone called it a ‘Holocaust gimmick,'” he added.
While critics say museum management should have been more sensitive, officials at Auschwitz have failed to see a connection between the misters and the infamous “showers” that were used to slaughter so many.
“Because of the extreme heat wave we have experienced in August in Poland, mist sprinklers which cool the air were placed near the entrance to the Museum,” the Auschwitz Memorial Facebook page said.
“It is really hard for us to comment on some suggested historical references since the mist sprinkles do not look like showers and the fake showers installed by Germans inside some of the gas chambers were not used to deliver gas into them.”
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