Auschwitz museum denounces Polish ruling party’s use of Auschwitz-Birkenau for political video

The Auschwitz Museum condemned Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party’s use of the death camp in their political video, in which the party compared the upcoming opposition protests to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

The memorial museum at the site of the former concentration camp has criticised a political video released by Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, in which the party uses the theme of Auschwitz-Birkenau to discourage participation in an anti-government march, reports the EuroNews.

The 14-second video published Wednesday by the Law and Justice party shows images of the former death camp, including the notorious „Arbeit Macht Frei” gate, and the words: „Do you really want to walk under this slogan?”

It refers to a now-deleted tweet from journalist Tomasz Lis, who said Polish president Andrzej Duda and leader of the Law and Justice party Jaroslaw Kaczynski deserved prison time. „There will be a chamber for Duda and Kaczor,” the tweet said. The word „komora,” which means dark cell or chamber, is often associated with the gas chambers of the extermination camps. Lis has since deleted the tweet and apologised.

The state-run museum condemned the „instrumentalisation of the tragedy” where 1.1 million people were killed during World War II, arguing it is an insult to their memory. „It is a sad, painful and unacceptable manifestation of the moral and intellectual corruption of the public debate,” the state museum said.

President Duda weighed in with a tweet: „The memory of the victims of German crimes in Auschwitz is sacred and inviolable; the tragedy of millions of victims cannot be used in a political struggle; this is an unworthy act.”