‘Respect memory of the dead’: Auschwitz Museum pleads to visitors

The Auschwitz Museum in southern Poland took to the social networking site Twitter and appealed to its visitors to “respect the memory of the over 1 million people” who were killed at the site.

“When you come to the Auschwitz Museum remember you are at the site where over 1 million people were killed. Respect their memory,” the museum tweeted.

By using the train tracks that lead to the site for balance practice, many visitors to the former German Nazi death camp show disrespect to those who perished, says the commemorative site.

“There are better places to learn how to walk on a balance beam than the site which symbolizes deportation of hundreds of thousands to their deaths,” the tweet states, besides tagging a few pictures of young people trying to balance on the tracks.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum − a former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp − is a memorial and museum in Oświęcim, Poland, which includes the German Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau.

A record 2.15 million people visited the museum in 2018.