A woman has sparked outrage after she was spotted at an anti-lockdown protest brandishing a sign that bared a slogan from Auschwitz, the notorious concentration camp that claimed the lives of millions of Jews and other minority groups during the second world war.
The photo of the protestor has quickly gone viral online, with the official Auschwitz Memorial page even weighing in on the controversial sign.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to hear the woman's shocking excuse for using the sinister slogan...
The Holocaust was one of the most monstrous atrocities to ever happen in human history.
via: ShutterstockOver 6 million Jewish people were mercilessly murdered during the 1930s and 40s when Nazi Germany invaded and occupied many parts of Europe.
The Nazis made it their mission to "exterminate" the Jews.
via: ShutterstockAfter coming into power in 1933, the nefarious dictator, Adolf Hitler, imposed a series of sick and twisted ideologies upon the rest of Germany.
He believed that Jews were an inferior race.
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He spread these messages across the nation...
via: ShutterstockAnd, remarkably, people listened.
It was after the German invasion of Poland, and the declaration of WW2 in 1939...
via: ShutterstockThat the Nazis started to officially deport Jewish people from all across Europe to parts of Poland, where they created ghettos to separate them from the rest of the population.
And, when the ghettos became too over-crowded...
via: ShutterstockThe Jewish people were then transported to the concentration camps that had been built all across Europe.
The concentration camps, or death camps, as they quickly became known as, were truly horrific.
via: ShutterstockMillions of innocent people suffered at the hands of the notorious SS guards in these camps, and they were forced to endure grueling labor, dire living conditions, and painfully sparse food rations.
It was in these camps were most of the Holocaust victims perished.
via: ShutterstockMany starved to death, while others died of diseases such as typhus and pneumonia.
And for those who managed to survive these harsh conditions and constant hunger...
via: ShutterstockThe gas chambers were what awaited. It was here where hordes of prisoners, under the illusion that they were simply going for a shower, were locked into a brick chamber and suffocated with the deadly Zyklon B gas.
Millions of jews met the fate of the deadly gas chambers.
via: ShutterstockAnd their bodies went on to be buried in mass graves, some of which carried thousands of corpses at a time.
And the largest of these death camps was Auschwitz-Birkenau.
via: ShutterstockLocated in Krakow, Poland, Auschwitz played home to one of the biggest genocides in human history, with the German SS systematically killing at least 960,000 of the 1.3 million Jews inside the camp.
The camp was eventually liberated on 27th January 1945...
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And now, fast-forward seventy-five-years...
via: GettyThe remains of Auschwitz still stand, serving as a poignant reminder of the horrors that occurred all those years ago.
Most people use the remains of the camp as an opportunity to remember those who lost their lives...
via: GettyBut, sadly, there are others who use it for slightly more disrespectful reasons.
An anti-lockdown protestor has recently been criticized for her homemade sign that depicted a hateful slogan from Auschwitz.
@Dennis_Kosuth Yeah, that phrase in German is not random. You don’t just pick that phrase. You pick that phrase if… https://t.co/VMdUeUaq8c— Alan (@Alan)1588384308.0
Arbeit Macht Frei is the famous saying brandished across the gates of Auschwitz...
via: GettyAnd, once translated from German, reads "work will set you free", which was the Nazis' sarcastic and sinister way of tormenting the prisoners as they entered the camp.
So, obviously, these words have no place anywhere in modern society...
@AuschwitzMuseum I’m so embarrassed and ashamed to see these words being used in my country.— Michael (@Michael)1588400715.0
Or so you'd think.
via: TwitterThe phrase holds sickening connotations, so the sight of this woman, standing valiantly with an American flag wrapped across her face while brandishing the awful saying has understandably sparked a whole lot of outrage.
People are furious.
@Dennis_Kosuth That sign makes her a Nazi. How dare she post that sign! I hope he neighbors and co-workers all see… https://t.co/1te9kauzan— PCS901 (@PCS901)1588375877.0
And for those questioning the credibility of the photo...Here is a video of the disgraced woman with her sign, just so you can all see that it hasn't been photoshopped or exaggerated in any way.
As for her excuse?
This was one of the signs at the “Re-open Illinois” event today. She assured those that she was not a Nazi, and sta… https://t.co/LuDpDqAELP— Dennis Kosuth, RN (@Dennis Kosuth, RN)1588362537.0
Dennis, who is a nurse, was attending the protest as a counter-protestor...
@punkademic Our side was horribly outnumbered... about 15 other nurses stood there in an attempt to put a different… https://t.co/bFl0FYHOH6— Dennis Kosuth, RN (@Dennis Kosuth, RN)1588378057.0
"How dare you compare the Holocaust to a stay at home order?"
If this photo bothers you, join efforts to better our world, if you haven’t already. To those who think this is pho… https://t.co/OA3fZisE4s— Dennis Kosuth, RN (@Dennis Kosuth, RN)1588476384.0
And now, the official Auschwitz memorial page has spoken out on the incident...
"Arbeit macht frei" was a false, cynical illusion the SS gave to prisoners of #Auschwitz. Those words became one of… https://t.co/IkjLnT0TBk— Auschwitz Memorial (@Auschwitz Memorial)1588395048.0
Let's only hope that the woman has now seen the error in her ways...
via: GettyThe horrors of the events of Auschwitz are completely unspeakable, and the infamous saying from its gates should never be brandished around in vain. For more on the ongoing medical pandemic, keep scrolling to read about the holocaust survivor who has slammed those complaining about the lockdown regulations...