Auschwitz Criticizes Installation of ‘Tasteless’ Ice Cream Stand on Land Outside ‘Death Gate’ | world news

An ice cream stand set up outside Auschwitz has been described as “tasteless” and “disrespectful” by managers of the historic site.

The stand, which bears the words “ice love”, appeared in front of the famous “death gate” of the former concentration camp late last month, local media reported.

A spokesperson for the Auschwitz museum told the Gazeta Krakowska newspaper that they were unable to have it removed because the land is private land – despite the offense caused.

“This is an example not only of a lack of aesthetic taste, but also of a lack of respect for a particular historic place nearby,” the museum’s Bartosz Bartyzel said in a statement.

“We hope the relevant local government authorities will resolve this embarrassing issue,” he added.

Dagmar Kopijasz of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Site Foundation said locals were also “upset” and thought it “looks awful”.

Images of the ice cream stand have been circulating on social media this week, with people condemning the “inappropriate” location.

“Respect their memory”

It is estimated that more than one million people died in the Nazi death camp in less than five years during World War II.

The site, near Krakow in Poland, receives up to two million visitors a year.

Last month, site officials tweeted to remind people to “respect the memory” of those who died there after a photo of a woman posing on train tracks went viral.

The museum posted: “When coming to @AuschwitzMuseum, visitors should keep in mind that they are entering the authentic site of the former camp where over a million people were murdered. Respect their memory .”

The woman who posted the image of the tourist uploaded it with the caption, “Today I had one of the most heartbreaking experiences of my life. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like everyone is l found it so poignant.

“We were repeatedly asked to be considerate and respectful. You would think that this sort of thing would not need to be specified as prohibited for this criterion.


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