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Tourist detained after doing Nazi salute at Auschwitz says it was ‘bad joke’

A woman was detained and fined after she gave a Hitler salute at Auschwitz.

Police in Oswiecim, Poland, revealed that they had detained a 29-year-old woman from the Netherlands on Sunday after she was seen performing the offensive gesture at the site of the former Nazi death camp.

She was charged later the same day with engaging in Nazi propaganda and fined an undisclosed amount.

It was reported that she had posed for a photograph taken by her 30-year-old husband in front of the infamous 'Arbeit Macht Frei' ('Work will set you free') sign.

Police were notified around 1pm and arrived to detain the pair, with the husband being taken in as a witness.

Regional police press officer Bartosz Izdebski told Polish news agency PAP: "She explained it away as a bad joke"

Promoting Nazi propaganda in Poland is illegal and can result in a prison sentence of up to two years.

Around 1,100,000 people were killed at the Nazi death campsite between 1939 and 1945, with the vast majority of the victims being Jewish people.

Polish people, Soviet prisoners of war, and people of other nationalities were also killed in Auschwitz.

It was set up by Nazi Germany after the invasion of Poland at the beginning of World War II.

A similar stunt at Auschwitz in 2012 by two Turkish students at the Arbeit Macht Frei gate resulted in the pair being hit with a fine and given a suspended jail sentence of six months.

Just last year, a 97-year-old woman who made it out alive after the Holocaust received a barrage of antisemitic abuse on TikTok.

Lily Ebert, who survived both Auschwitz and the Nazi death marches, shared a video wishing her followers a peaceful Shabbat (Sabbath) on May 14.

She was then targeted with a torrent of hateful abuse about what she had been through.

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