Uproar over ‘satirical’ Czech bus advertising Auschwitz vacations

Old movie prop promoting the Nazi death camp as fun holiday destination decried by local Holocaust survivors, Jewish leaders. A “satirical” tour bus in the Czech Republic advertising the Nazi death camp Auschwitz as a fun holiday destination has been condemned by Holocaust survivors and local Jewish leaders. The camp’s notorious sign “Arbeit Macht Frei” (“Work sets you free”) is seen emblazoned on the side of the double-decker bus alongside a large Star of David and images of real Jewish victims murdered by Nazi Germany. Text along the side of the bus cheerfully urges people to “Come to Auschwitz — A journey through emotions,” and notes, “Our guides speak Czech!” The bus was originally made as a film prop for a satirical movie by Czech director Vit Klusak examining the emerging Holocaust tourist industry in Eastern Europe. However, after filming was completed the bus was sold to a local tour company that has refused to remove the decorations. Critics have slammed the bus advertisements as insensitive and have called for the bus to be repainted.

via timesofisrael: Uproar over ‘satirical’ Czech bus advertising Auschwitz vacations


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