To fight the heat, that in Poland reached 37 degrees this summer, on the territory of the Auschwitz concentration camp were installed vapour showers, that currently can be found everywhere: in restaurants that have tables outside, on the most crowded streets, inside the discos, etc. But surely nobody expected to see them along the paths of the extermination camp. An absolutely distasteful solution that was disliked by the Israeli visitors, especially by the elderly, given their alikeness with the showers used by the Nazi soldiers in the place where the genocide happened.
A choice that Mayer Bolka, one of the tourists who visited the museum, defined as a ”punch in the stomach”, affirming he was shocked by this reminder of Nazi horrors of the gas chambers. The camp’s managers have defended themselves explaining that, obviously, they did not mean to offend the visitors and that zyklon B was never really introduced in the gas chambers through the showers: it was spread through holes in the ceiling or drops through the wall.
The protest has gone viral on the social networks, especially on Twitter, where many ironic posts can be read: ”Why not a stamp with a number to distinguish those who have already paid, as in the discos? ” ”Showers for the tourists? Why not add a few ovens for bread now?” or else, ”Showers that nebulise cold vapour were installed to fight heat. Breaks out a protest: they are transforming it into a Luna park”. Many people have got offended, but nobody has approved of the choice made by the direction of the museum in order to fight the heat.