Jewish visitors to the Auschwitz concentration camp have spoken of their shock after sprinklers were put up at the entrance to help them cope with the hot weather.
Turn off these evil sprinklers! They remind us of
“the showers used in gas chambers by the Nazis to kill millions of Jews!”
With temperatures in Poland soaring up to 37 degrees, the showers which spray a fine mist of water, greeted visitors at the former death camp.
However, the move has resulted in angry complaints led by a group of Israeli visitors, after comparisons were drawn to the showers used in gas chambers by the Nazis to kill millions of Jews.
Meyer Bolka, who was visiting the museum told local media that seeing the showers was like a “punch in the gut”.
He explained: “As soon as I got off the bus, I walked into the shower contraption. I was in shock. I walked up to the reception and asked the worker there about the showers, she said it was a hot day.”
He added that as a Jewish person, the showers were a clear reminder of the horrors of the gas chambers, especially for older visitors, with many being very angry.
Mr Bolka said: “I think that in a place like this they should have thought about the type of connotation this would raise. If you want to cool the people down, you need to find another solution. It was not a pleasant sight to see those sprinklers.”
The museum management have since issued a statement saying they did not mean to cause offence, and that the showers had been introduced for the comfort of visitors.
Sourced from the Daily Mail