In 2014, a teen called Breanna sparked a furore online after posting a selfie of her smiling at Auschwitz. Now, a group of teen girls on a school trip to the WW2 concentration camp have managed to take stupid to a new level, after sharing a snap of themselves doing Nazi salutes at the infamous Gate of Death.
The trio uploaded the photograph to Instagram on Tuesday, before swiftly taking it down again – but not before museum authorities at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial spotted it and contacted prosecutors.
Although giving a Nazi salute is not illegal in Poland, the gesture could be counted as hate speech based on religion, which holds a prison sentence of up to three years.
The racist image came to light after it was posted to the Facebook group “Racist and Xenophobic Behaviour Monitoring Centre,” accompanied by the caption: “The girls ‘prank’ proves how education about the horrors of the Holocaust and totalitarian systems is needed, especially with anti-Semitism growing in Poland.”
Along with: “young people unknowingly absorb hateful content.”
Polish officials are currently attempting to identify the girls in the photograph, at which point they will inform their school about the incident.