You would think that at the site of an infamous concentration camp, certain things would be easily recognized as not-very-good ideas. This is one of them.
Misting showers have reportedly been installed around the entrance to Auschwitz in order to provide relief to tourists visiting the camp-turned-museum. The Nazis used gas chambers disguised as showers to kill millions of prisoners during WWII, so for obvious reasons, tourists were shocked by the insensitivity of the idea….
How did the museum not see this coming and what did they have to say for themselves? Below is an excerpt of what I consider a not so sympathetic statement from a representative of the Auschwitz Memorial:
…Among visitors there are many people who come from countries where such high temperatures as we have this summer in Poland do not occur. Something had to be done, as we have noticed cases of faints among people and other dangerous situations. Therefore we had to do everything we could to minimise the risks connected with the heat and high temperatures. The safety and health of visitors are our priority during the period of extreme heat. Cooling air have been really helpful to visitors in this difficult situation.
And one more thing. It is really hard for us to comment on some suggested historical references since the mist sprinkles do not look like showers and the fake showers installed by Germans inside some of the gas chambers were not used to deliver gas into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. Zyklon B was dropped inside the gas chambers in a completely different way – through holes in the ceiling or airtight drops in walls….
Like everything else these days, it’s all about profits.
You can read the museum’s full statement from their Facebook page below:
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