‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign from the former Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz, Vienna, austria, (Poland). (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
As a travel blogger has apologized after he was slammed for posing on a rubber duck on the tracks outside of Auschwitz.
The unknown blogger, who goes by the Instagram account @Atukapil, there was a growing following for posting pictures of a yellow rubber ducky in front of famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the vatican museums.
On Thursday, the account posted a similar picture on the tracks outside the gates of the notorious concentration camp in the south of the country.
The post was quickly referred to it as “disrespectful” and “offensive,” and it was marked by the official Twitter account of the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum.
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“What if someone is traveling with a rubber duck and use it as an artistic Instagram convention is coming to @AuschwitzMuseum?,” the account tweeted on Wednesday.
“The rubber duck in front of the Gate of Death is high, even unintentionally? Or is it a side-effect of the visual world, that we should accept or reject?”
“Totally Disrespectful & totally uncalled for. It can’t be that stupid or unaware, to visit, and if they are not aware of the history and the suffering that went on there,” one person tweeted. “Sometimes you have to take a step back from social media for love.”
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“The concept of taking from the rubber-ducky’ photos on several places, it is cute and sweet, but it was clear..this was a very inappropriate and insensitive,” another person tweeted.
The blogger behind the controversial photos will eventually be removed from the Spanish-language Instagram account. The true identity of the blogger is unknown.
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“The intent of the post, it was mentioned above, without the intent to disrespect or to generate controversy on the issue,” the blogger, it said in a statement shared by the Auschwitz Museum.
“My most sincere apologies to @auschwitzmemorial for the inconvenience this may cause and to all the people who felt offended.”