A Dutch 29-year old woman is taken into custody in Poland for giving the Nazi salute “as a joke” while taking a picture at Auschwitz’s gates.

  • 29-year-old woman was seen posing for a photo in what she described as a “bad joke”.
  • Polish authorities fined her for participating in Nazi propaganda
  • This photo was taken at the Arbeit Macht Free (Work Sets You free) gate










After performing a Nazi salute at the Auschwitz–Birkenau death camp, a Dutch tourist was arrested for Nazi propaganda.

According to PAP news agency, she was 29 years old and had taken a picture of herself with her husband. It was described by the woman as a bad joke.

The photo had been taken at the Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) gate.

The offensive photo had been taken at the Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) gate

This offensive photograph was taken at the Arbeit Macht Free (Work Sets You free) gate

Nazi Germany built this camp in 1939 following the invasion of Poland in September that year. It was home to 1.1 million murders.

The camp is now a museum to the Holocaust and stands in the southern Polish town of Oswiecim.

Nearly a million people were murdered at the camp by Jews – part of the Final Solution to eliminate Jewish people in Europe. 

The camp was the site of 1.1million murders by Nazi Germany after they built it in 1939 after the invasion of Poland in September of that year

Nazi Germany built this camp after invading Poland in September 1939. It was home to 1.1million victims.

Most of the deaths were committed at gas chambers, but some died due to starvation or disease.  

In early 1945, Soviet forces liberated the camp.

It was a criminal offense for Poland to accuse Poland of Nazi war crimes. However, the Polish government backed off after it was widely criticised.

This offence was punishable by a three-year sentence in prison.

Invasion of Poland, September 1939 was the beginning of World War II. Hitler had broken his promise to never invade Eastern Europe.

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