Outrage After Auschwitz Installs Showers to 'Cool Down' Visitors

The entrance to the Aushwitz Birkenau former death camp / AP
August 31, 2015

The proprietors of the Auschwitz concentration camp have found themselves in hot water after installing showers in the former Nazi extermination camp in a bid to "cool down" visitors to the onetime slaughterhouse, which is now a museum commemorating the Holocaust.

Mist showers have reportedly been installed at the death camp's entrance to help tourists battle the high summer temperatures in Poland, where Auschwitz is located.

However, for some Jewish visitors to the museum, the showers have evoked harsh memories of the execution of more than 1.1 million at the death camp, many of whom were murdered by being marched into showers filled with poison gas.

"Israel visitors to the museum could not ignore the connotation of showers being put in place at a site where more than a million Jews were murdered by the Nazis in gas chambers during the Holocaust," Israel Hayom reported on Monday.

Auschwitz's current management is reported to have apologized after social media users expressed horror at the installation of new showers.

"After an outcry on social media networks, the Auschwitz museum management said it had not meant to hurt the feelings of visitors and that the placement of the showers would be reassessed going forward," according to the report.