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World Dutch tourist fined over Nazi salute at Auschwitz

00:01  24 january  2022
00:01  24 january  2022 Source:   bbc.com

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A Dutch tourist has been detained in Poland for giving the Nazi salute at the site of the former Auschwitz -Birkenau death camp, local police say. The 29-year-old woman made the gesture in front of the Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) gate. Prosecutors issued a fine , which she agreed to pay. The woman said the act had been a bad joke, Poland's PAP news agency reports. She had been posing for a photo taken by her husband at the time. It is not the first time foreigners have been detained for promoting Nazi propaganda in Poland - a charge that can carry up to two years in prison.

Two tourists have been convicted of stealing bricks from the crematorium of the notorious Nazi death camp Auschwitz . It's been reported that they wanted to take them home as souvenirs. The Auschwitz -Birkenau Memorial and Museum is located near the industrial town of Oswiecim in southern Poland. The museum clearly states that it is strictly forbidden to remove items from the former death camp as they are of cultural significance. Polish courts have handed out fines and suspended prison terms to numerous visitors convicted of stealing objects from Auschwitz in the past, including two

A Dutch tourist has been detained in Poland for giving the Nazi salute at the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, local police say.

The Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) gate at Auschwitz, the former Nazi death camp © Reuters The Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) gate at Auschwitz, the former Nazi death camp

The 29-year-old woman made the gesture in front of the Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) gate.

The woman - who has not been named - was later charged with engaging in Nazi propaganda. Prosecutors issued a fine, which she agreed to pay.

The woman said the act had been a bad joke, Poland's PAP news agency reports.

She had been posing for a photo taken by her husband at the time.

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Shouldn't Tourists know that doing the Nazi salute is a very bad idea?! This has absolutely nothing to do with freedom of speech. Here in Europe we don't have laws for that, we use common sense. People assume that in the US you can say whatever the fuck you want, but in all honesty having lived there for over a decade, you can say way more shit in Europe without getting labeled a racist, bigot, sexist, fired or getting sued.

But though the camps that made up Auschwitz seemed silent and abandoned at first, soldiers soon realized they were filled with people—thousands of them, left to die by SS guards who evacuated the camps after trying to cover up their crimes. The Germans had long known they might have to abandon Auschwitz , but they planned to use it as long as possible, further exploiting the workers whose slave labor they rented to companies that produced chemicals, armaments and other materials.

Nazi Germany built the death camp in the southern Polish town of Oswiecim after occupying Poland at the start of World War Two in 1939.

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In just over four-and-a-half years, Nazi Germany systematically murdered at least 1.1 million people at Auschwitz. Almost one million were Jews.

Those deported to the camp complex were gassed, starved, worked to death and even killed in medical experiments. The vast majority were murdered in the complex of gas chambers at the Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp.

Six million Jewish people died in the Holocaust - the Nazi campaign to eradicate Europe's Jewish population. Auschwitz was at the centre of that genocide.

Soviet troops liberated the camp in early 1945.

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This is interesting!