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100_2252 what they were thinking?

Auschwitz KL I: Commandant Rudolf Hoess was hanged on this spot (a short walk from his wartime house) in 1947. For background and other photos, see en.auschwitz.org/m/index.php?option=com_content&task=....

(This was the last public execution in Poland, according to that article.)

For a while I was going to let this image speak for itself. But the obvious inappropriateness of this tourist moment is staggering. I will charitably presume that they didn't know about Hoess' execution per se. But if they didn't know what happened nearby, why were they there in the first place?

 

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Taken on July 18, 2007