Oświęcim, Poland - Outrage After Auschwitz Museum Installs Mist Showers At Entrance To Counter Soaring Temperatures
The management of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Museum alleges their intention in installing mist showers at the entrance was to help visitors beat the heat, but for Israeli travelers visiting the sacred ground, the sight of the showers was “a punch in the gut.”
“As soon as I got off the bus, I walked into the shower contraption,” tourist Meyer Bolka told Ynet News (http://bit.ly/1fQuro5 ). “I was in shock. It was a punch in the gut. I walked up to the reception and asked the worker there about the showers. She said it was a hot day. I told her: ‘With all due respect, it reminds of the gas chambers.’ She told me she is very sorry.”
Bolka said that Israeli teens visiting Auschwitz did make use of the showers, but the placement of the showers raised the ire of older tourists. “I think that in a place like this, they should have thought about the type of connotation this would raise,” Bolka said. “If you want to cool people down, you need to find another solution. It was not a pleasant sight to see those sprinklers.”
The Museum has extended its apologies, saying it did not mean to offend anyone, and has committed to finding a better location for the mist showers going forward.
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