Dozens of tacky photos of tourists posing at Auschwitz have surfaced online after the memorial museum called on visitors to pay respect to the former extermination camp where more than a million people died.
It comes after a photo of a woman at the Auschwitz Memorial Museum went viral on Twitter. The woman’s social media post sparked anger when she was seen sitting on the tracks where the Nazis transported 1.1 million, including a million Jews, to their deaths.
The Auschwitz Memorial Museum has since begged so-called ‘Holocaust tourists’ to ‘respect’ the site.
But despite the museum’s calls for restraint, dozens of other photos have been unearthed on social media of tourists posing rudely at the death camp.
From a glamor model claiming to have Spain’s biggest breasts posing under the ‘work sets you free’ sign at the entrance to the death camp, to tourists posing tastelessly on the tracks that carried more than a million people to their deaths , MailOnline has taken some of the vulgar snaps in one of the world’s most important locations.
A Spanish model stands under the infamous ‘work sets you free’ sign at the entrance to the former Nazi German extermination camp Auschwitz
A woman dressed in white poses for the camera outside the barracks where prisoners were held
A man is seen grinning at the camera as he spreads his arms and kneels on the infamous track
One of the images shows a pouting Spanish model in a classic pose as she stands outside the gates of the largest murder factory in human history.
PWhen she showed the photo to her 1.2 million Instagram followers in February, she is standing under the infamous “work sets you free” sign at the entrance to the former Nazi German extermination camp of Auschwitz.
In another photo, she stands on railway tracks leading to the “gate of death” where the Nazis murdered more than a million people.
Normally sharing photos of herself in exotic locations, the model dressed in black captioned the photos: “My face in this photo is not very happy, despite, as I noted in my previous post, being one of fulfilled my dreams by coming here.’
In early April, a man posted a photo of himself kneeling on the snowy railroad track and grinning at the camera while holding his arms open.
He captioned the photo ‘The heart broken history’.
In another next to the caption ‘Auschwitz – Not too long gone – not far away’ he is seen laughing as he leans against one of the cattle trucks used to transport Jews to their deaths.
Just three days later, on April 9, another tourist took a selfie that showed her grinning next to one of the camp’s barbed wire fences.
A pouting Spanish model strikes a classic pose as she stands outside the gates of the largest murder factory in human history
The memorial account asked people to remember respectfully when visiting the site
A grinning woman is seen smiling as she takes a selfie next to one of the camp’s barbed wire fences
A tourist smiles, crosses his arms and leans leisurely on one of the train carriages outside the Auschwitz Memorial Museum
Another photo taken last month shows a young woman sitting on the track smiling at the camera
A woman is seen riding the railway that carried some 1.1 million people to their deaths in the camp
Meanwhile, a photo from January shows a glamorous Portuguese woman dressed in white posing with a black bag as she stands between buildings where prisoners lived in squalor and starved to death.
She posted the photo on Instagram, where she has 12.4k followers and describes herself as a professor. She captioned the photo: ‘It’s hard to understand, it’s hard to breathe… it’s an unhappy atmosphere that unfortunately can’t be forgotten!
May this place be a lesson to all of us so that this history never repeats itself! All intolerance leads to atrocities.”
These are just a few of dozens of photos taken at Auschwitz in recent months that MailOnline found on Instagram.
The photos continue to appear despite the Auschwitz Memorial Museum repeatedly asking tourists to “show respect.”
The museum recently issued the plea after a similar photo went viral.
The photo that caused the recent stir showed the brunette lying on the track leading to the “gate of death” where the Nazis murdered more than a million people.
A Portuguese woman dressed in white poses between buildings where prisoners lived in squalor and starved to death
A woman is seen smiling as she takes a selfie outside buildings at the former extermination camp
A man is seen sitting on the track leading to the ‘gate of death’ where the Nazis murdered over a million people
A woman poses on the railway where more than a million people were transported to be murdered by the Nazis
A woman in a red scarf stands outside the Auschwitz Memorial Museum building
After posting the photo on Twitter, Maria Murphy said, “Today I had one of the most poignant experiences of my life.
“Unfortunately, not everyone there seemed to find it so poignant.”
She added that she had taken the photo about two hours after the tour of the infamous extermination camp where she was located had begun.
The camp was established shortly after Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939 and grew into the largest killing machine in history.
By the time of liberation in 1945, more than 1.3 million people had been killed in gas chambers, executions and torture.
As the world pays tribute to those who died in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the Auschwitz Memorial Museum has weeded out the so-called ‘Holocaust tourists’.
The museum, which is located in the former extermination camp, said: ‘Photographs can have enormous emotional and documentary value for visitors.
‘Images help us remember.
‘Visitors coming to @AuschwitzMuseum should expect to enter the authentic site of the former camp where more than 1 million people were murdered.
“Respect their memory.”
Founded shortly after Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Auschwitz grew into the largest killing machine in history.
By the time of liberation in 1945, more than 1.3 million people had died in the gas chambers, from executions and torture.
In 2014, Breanna Mitchell (pictured) was widely criticized for taking this smiling selfie at camp
A smiling woman pictured in a selfie at the Auschwitz Memorial Museum over the infamous train tracks
Pawel Sawicki, spokesperson for the Auschwitz Memorial Museum, said: ‘When we see inappropriate behavior, we react.
‘Sometimes the reaction comes after the photo has already been taken.
“We also respond to various inappropriate photos on the Internet by contacting the authors or by creating awareness and discussion through public opinion.”
The museum’s Pawel Sawicki told VICE: “When we see inappropriate behavior, we react.
‘This is our duty. Sometimes the reaction comes after the photo has already been taken.
“It also happens that we respond to the publication of various inappropriate photos on the Internet – by contacting the authors or by trying to create awareness and discussion through public opinion.”
It is not the first time that tourists to the former concentration camp have come under fire for their inappropriate photos.
In 2014, an Alabama teenager was criticized for taking a smiling selfie while touring the Auschwitz Memorial Museum.
Breanna Mitchell later defended her actions, claiming she took the photo in memory of her father, who taught her about the concentration camps.
Other people were also seen taking crude selfies outside the extermination camp. Another image saw one woman posing for a selfie while grinning outside the memorial and train tracks.