- Polish News reported that guards held a tourist at Auschwitz Museum on Sunday.
- According to some reports, she was using the famous Nazi salute pose while taking photos.
- According to Polish News, the woman was taken into custody by museum security officers and fined.
A woman who visits Poland’s Parliament. Auschwitz MuseumOn Sunday, a Dutch national was arrested for making a Nazi salute gesture. Polish News Report.
According to the outlet the 29-year-old woman was posing in front of the main gate, a symbol of the Holocaust, while her husband took a photo during their visit at the extermination camp. The main gate is a symbol of the Holocaust and she posed in front. “Arbeit Macht Frei”You are free if you work.
“The Nazi salute is one of the symbols associated with terrible human suffering and filled with contempt and hatred,”Insider spoke with representatives from the museum. “While it should not be present at all in the public space, using it at the site of the former camp is unacceptable. It is disrespectful to all victims of the camp.”
Polish News claims that the museum security guards saw the photograph being taken and detained the woman immediately. Then they alerted the police at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The couple was taken to the local Oświęcim headquarters, where the husband was questioned as a witness, according to The outlet.
Polish News also reported that the district prosecutor’s office in the south Poland town of Oświęcim imposed a fine on the woman, which she accepted. Insider requested comment from the district prosecutor’s offices, but they didn’t immediately reply to our request.
Bartosz Izdebski of the Małopolska Police press office said the woman called her act “a stupid joke,”Polish News.
According to the outlet it is illegal to promote Nazi propaganda to Poland and that public promotion of fascism may result in a two-year sentence. According to An articleYad Vashem: World Holocaust Remembrance Center’s website lists many European countries with similar laws.
It was not the first time that someone has been charged with posing at the gate of the former camp. Now a museum. Polish News reported in 2013 that two Turkish students were sentenced to six-months imprisonment for making a Nazi salute in a similar photograph.
Insider was told by a spokesperson for the museum that they hope future visitors will be aware of this incident. “We hope that the immediate reaction of the security of the Memorial will be a warning to all people who will be considering using the site of the Memorial as a stage for such shameful manifestations,”They agreed.