A life-size model of Adolf Hitler used for “selfies” by visitors to an Indonesian museum has been removed after numerous photos sparked outrage on social media.
Pictures shared on social media show people grinning as they pose with the Nazi leader in front of an image of the gates of Auschwitz concentration camp. Auschwitz was home to most of the atrocities that occurred during the Holocaust.
The museum, in Jogjakarta, Java, claimed the figure was merely for education. However, people didn’t see it that way. The international community reacted with outrage against the De ARCA Statue Art Museum.
“We don’t want to attract outrage,” the museum’s operations manager, Jamie Misbah, told news agency AFP.
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Pictures on social media show numerous people posing with the fiberglass statue, including a group of young boys dressed in orange uniforms performing a Nazi salute. It has left many around the world sickened – even if, as the museum originally said, no visitor had actually complained.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, of Jewish human rights organization The Simon Wiesenthal Center, told news agency AP: “Everything about it is wrong. It’s hard to find words for how contemptible it is.
“The background is disgusting. It mocks the victims who went in and never came out.”
An estimated 1.1 million people, mainly European Jews, and Soviet prisoners-of-war were killed at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. The total number killed during the Holocaust assimilates to over 6 million, often carried out at the 42,000 concentration camps. These murders continued until the end of World War 2 in 1945.
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