The photo above accompanies a news article, which you can read it full here:
The following quote is from the news article:
Authorities in the Czech Republic decided it would be efficient to write numbers on the actual skin of Syrian migrants as they were pulled off trains this week at Breclav station. Immediately, human rights and Jewish groups expressed outrage over the apparent insensitivity to the historical resonance of Holocaust concentration-camp victims, who had identifying numbers tattooed on their inner arms. The Czech government said Thursday it had stopped the practice, even though the process had by their own account been initiated in ignorance of its associations.
Other incidents indicate the extreme touchiness around mordant symbolism from past European tragedy. The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum of Poland came under fire from at least one irate visitor this week for installing sprinkler showers at its entrance to combat the extreme heat, alluding to the infamous gas chambers in Auschwitz during the Holocaust that were structured as showers, with the sprinklers spewing poison gas instead of water. And Prime Minister David Cameron was castigated for using the word “swarm” – which has associations with vermin, a word often applied to Jews and Roma by the Nazis – to describe the throngs of refugees crossing the Mediterranean to European shores.
“the infamous gas chambers in Auschwitz during the Holocaust that were structured as showers, with sprinklers spewing poison instead of water.” I don’t think so!
The idea that the shower rooms in the concentration camps could have spewed water OR gas is a myth that has long since been laid to rest. I blogged about this at
Do the Jews ever think about anyone else besides themselves? Apparently not!