Polish police say a Dutch tourist was arrested for giving the Nazi salute at the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
- The 29-year-old was fined after admitting making the gesture
- A police spokesman said the tourist claimed she was joking
- The camp became a symbol of Nazi Germany’s genocide of six million European Jews
Regional police in the Polish town of Oswiecim said they arrested a 29-year-old woman on Sunday for making the gesture at the entrance to the camp.
Prosecutors said she was caught in the act by guards as she posed for a photo taken by her husband.
They fined her as punishment, which she accepted, according to Polish news agency PAP.
“Officers from (the southern town of) Oswiecim arrested a 29-year-old Dutch woman today,” regional police tweeted.
“The tourist had performed the Hitler salute in front of the gate ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ (Work makes you free).
“The inmate was accused of engaging in Nazi propaganda. She confessed.”
A regional police spokesman, Bartosz Izdebski, told PAP the woman explained it was a “bad joke”.
Nazi Germany built the Oswiecim death camp after occupying Poland during World War II.
The Holocaust site has become a symbol of Nazi Germany’s genocide of six million European Jews, one million of whom died in the camp between 1940 and 1945 along with more than 100,000 non-Jews.