The Nazi extermination camp museum at Auschwitz, built by the Third Reich in Poland, has asked its visitors to refrain from posing and taking frivolous photos in a compound where “a million people were murdered”.
“Every year hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world visit us, and unfortunately we see how some of them take the opportunity to take frivolous photos of themselves in the concentration camp, without taking into account that they are in a place where a human tragedy took place,” stated the Auschwitz Museum.
Several visitors decide take pictures of themselves walking on the railroad tracks that led deportees to the concentration camps, and immediately upload them to their social network accounts.
“There are better places to learn how to walk on a beam than in a place that symbolizes the deportation of hundreds of thousands of people,” lament the Auschwitz museum officials through their Twitter account, where they show several examples of these frivolous images.
It is estimated that more than 1.1 million Jews died in Auschwitz and in the outlying Birkenau camp due to abuse, Zyklon B gas chambers, hunger, exhaustion and disease.
Today, Auschwitz-Birkenau is a UNESCO World Heritage Site visited every year by more than one million people.