THE installation of showers at the Auschwitz concentration camp has sparked outrage among some visitors.
The “mist” showers were placed at the entrance to the museum to help people battle a heatwave that has gripped Poland.
But some Israeli visitors feel it’s an insensitive move to put them at a site where more than a million Jewish people were murdered by the Nazis in gas chambers.
“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 upset visitor Meir Bulka, 48, told The Jerusalem Post.
“All the Israelis felt this was very distasteful.”
A spokesperson from the Auschwitz memorial has defended the move in a Facebook post, saying the safety of visitors is their top priority.
“Because of the extreme heatwave we have experienced in August in Poland, mist sprinklers which cool the air were placed near the entrance to the Museum,” the Facebook statement read.
“They are located in one place — near the area where a queue of people who collect the entry cards to the Memorial is formed.”
It’s in a spot where there’s no shade, and sometimes visitors have to queue for long periods of time.
“Something had to be done, as we have noticed cases of faints among people and other dangerous situations … The safety and health of visitors are our priority during the period of extreme heat.”
The spokesperson said the cooling air has been really helpful to visitors, and dismissed the allegations of it being distasteful.
“It is really hard for us to comment on some suggested historical references since the mist sprinkles do not look like showers and the fake showers installed by Germans inside some of the gas chambers were not used to deliver gas into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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