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Did Ukrainians really place anti-Russian stickers around Auschwitz? Nope.

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Several pro-Russian accounts are circulating photos that they say show Ukrainians pasting anti-Russian stickers in various places in Auschwitz, the former Nazi death camp. The stickers read: “Russia & Russians – The only gas you and your country deserve is Zyklon B”, a reference to the poisonous gas used by Nazis to kill prisoners in the existing gas chambers.

If you only have a minute

  • There are photos circulating online that some claim Ukrainians have put up stickers around Auschwitz calling for violence against Russians.

  • It turns out that these images are faked. The Auschwitz Memorial has said no such stickers appear on the site and the photos have been edited.

The fact check, in detail

These four photos, published on June 23, have been viewed more than 260,000 times on this pro-Russian Telegram channel† The photos show a red and black sticker that reads in English: “Russia & Russians – The only gas you and your country deserve is Zyklon B”, pasted on buildings around Auschwitz.

The first photo shows the sticker on a tree. In the second image it is pasted on a post near a barbed wire fence. In the third, it’s glued to the wall. In the fourth, he’s stuck on a concrete pole. According to the person who shared the post, these stickers appeared on June 22.

This June 23 Telegram message says that Ukrainians put anti-Russian stickers around Auschwitz.
This June 23 Telegram message says that Ukrainians put anti-Russian stickers around Auschwitz. © Observers

The photos were shared on Twitter with captions in both English, such as this post shared on June 23, and in French, like this post shared on June 26.

A Photoshopped Image

If you analyze these images with Forensically, a software that detects images that have been digitally altered, you can see that the stickers were actually Photoshopped onto photos of Auschwitz.

The analysis shows that the stickers in the four photos do not have the same number of pixels as the rest of the image, which is typical in the case of an image that has been digitally altered.





The Forensics software also provides further evidence that the images have been digitally altered by looking at the degree of light reflection.

If the sticker in the photo below had actually stuck to the board, it wouldn’t have reflected the light in the same way. In this image you can see that both the sticker and the wooden sign reflect light in the same way.

In this image you can see how the sticker reflects light in the same way as the tree, indicating that the image has been edited.
In this image you can see how the sticker reflects light in the same way as the tree, indicating that the image has been edited. © Observers

The Auschwitz Memorial also placed a pronunciation about the sticker rumors on Twitter on June 23.

“There has been no report of such an incident at the Memorial. No such stickers have been found – not even in locations visible in the published photos.

“Some anonymous accounts reported that the stickers were said to have appeared in the museum on June 22. However, monitoring over the past few days has not revealed anything pasted in the places shown in the photos contained in the cameras.” range,” the Memorial further explained.

“Everything indicates that the photos are simply a manipulation, and the incident should be treated in terms of primitive and crude propaganda,” the statement concluded.

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