This is just horrible.
Today, they’re spraying hateful graffiti on the wooden barracks.
Tomorrow, they’ll be spraying hateful graffiti on the wooden gas chambers.
Vandals sprayed antisemitic slogans and phrases denying the Holocaust in English and German on nine wooden barracks at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site, in what officials there called “an outrageous attack on the symbol of one of the greatest tragedies in human history.”
The police in Oswiecim, the town in southern Poland where the concentration camp sits, said on Wednesday they were analyzing footage taken by security cameras on the site and looking for anyone who could give them information about the vandals, who they believe struck between 8 a.m. and noon on Tuesday. The barracks, which were defaced with black paint, housed men during the Holocaust and are near the Gate of Death in the Birkenau death camp. The police declined to give any further details about the slurs.
The Auschwitz Memorial site, in the statement published on its Twitter account, further condemned the graffiti as “an extremely painful blow to the memory of all the victims” who perished at the camp.
Statement concerning the vandalism that took place on October 5 at the Auschwitz II-Birkenau site. pic.twitter.com/bsNepIRCcL
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) October 5, 2021
More than 1.1 million people, the majority of them Jews, perished in gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau, or from starvation, cold and disease.
Whoa – hold on a second.
Millions of Jews also perished from being masturbated to death, being forced to walk up stairs carrying boulders until all their bones broke, being put into a cage with an eagle and a bear, being electrocuted in chambers with electrified floors that turned their bodies into ashes, being raised by wolves, being punished for playing the piano incorrectly by well-trained dogs, having their skulls bashed in with pedal-powered brain-bashing machines, and much more.
Limiting it to “mostly gas chambers” is deeply insensitive, and an affront to all the Jews who died in far more grievous and physics-defying circumstances during the Holocaust.
You’d think The New York Times, which is often nicknamed “The Jew York Times” by unfunny anti-Semites because a large percentage of its staff just happen to be Jewish, would know better than that.
Officials at Auschwitz-Birkenau said their decision to not specify the wording of the slurs on the barracks, in an area of the camp where men were packed into crude wooden bunks, stacked three high from floor to ceiling, was a conscious effort to avoid spreading antisemitic hate any further.
“Because the intent of the perpetrator or perpetrators was to spread hate speech, we have decided not to make the images or the content of the graffiti public,” said Pawel Sawicki, a spokesman for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial, which preserves the site of the death camp.
A wise decision.
It’s also worth noting that some Europeans might start asking questions after viewing this graffiti – and that could lead to problems for them, since it’s illegal to question the Holocaust in many European countries.
That’s how you know it definitely happened.