Auschwitz Museum asks visitors to stop posing on train tracks for social media: 'Respect their memory'

Auschwitz memorial and museum has issued a statement on Twitter asking visitors to stop playfully posing on train tracks. (Photo: Twitter)

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum, the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, has issued a request on Twitter asking visitors to the Oświęcim, Poland cultural site to refrain from playfully posing on its train tracks.

The tracks were used to transport prisoners to the concentration camp, where the Nazis killed 1.1 million people and, according to the Auschwitz Museum, should not be used as a “balance beam” for a social media post. “Respect their memory. There are better places to learn how to walk on a balance beam than the site which symbolizes deportation of hundreds of thousands to their deaths,” the museum shared.

The museum also shared photos of people balancing the rails which lead to the gatehouse of the camp, known as the “Gate of Death.”

“Photography at @AuschwitzMuseum will not be banned. Yet, we ask visitors to behave respectfully, also when taking pictures. See our @instagram account to see how images can commemorate victims & teach difficult and emotional history of #Auschwitz,” the museum said in a follow-up tweet.

The museum’s rules and regulations read: “Visitors to the grounds of the Museum should behave with due solemnity and respect.” But some on social media feel that the rule, along with the public chastising of people’s posing, goes too far.

Others applaud the museum for taking a stand on how to act at such a heart-wrenching, historic place.

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