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Dutch tourist detained for Nazi salute at Auschwitz

Visitors walk through the infamous gate reading 'Arbeit Macht Frei,' or 'work sets you free,' at the former site of Auschwitz-Birkenau, January 28, 2020. (Yaakov Schwartz/Times of Israel)
Visitors walk through the infamous gate reading 'Arbeit Macht Frei,' or 'work sets you free,' at the former site of Auschwitz-Birkenau, January 28, 2020. (Yaakov Schwartz/Times of Israel)

Polish police say they have detained a Dutch tourist for giving the Nazi salute at the site of the former death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

“Officers from (the southern city of) Oswiecim detained a 29-year-old woman from the Netherlands today,” regional police tweet. “The tourist had been performing the Hitler salute in front of the ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ (Work Sets You Free) gate. The detainee was charged with engaging in Nazi propaganda. She confessed.”

Prosecutors issued her with a fine as punishment, which she has accepted, according to the Polish news agency, PAP.

It adds that she was caught in the act by guards while posing for a photo taken by her husband.

“She explained it away as a bad joke,” regional police press officer Bartosz Izdebski tells PAP.

Nazi Germany built the death camp in Oswiecim after occupying Poland during World War II.

The Holocaust site has become a symbol of Nazi Germany’s genocide of six million European Jews, one million of whom died at the camp between 1940 and 1945 along with more than 100,000 non-Jews.

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