INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Visitors to the Auschwitz death camp were shocked to find what resembled showers installed near the entrance to the former concentration tuned museum.
The operators of Auschwitz said tourists have fainted in the heat wave that has hit Poland this summer, and that the sprinklers were put in to help keep visitors cool as they waited in line.
The museum posted the following statement on Facebook after receiving angry responses to the sprinkler system:
Because of the extreme heat wave we have experienced in August in Poland, mist sprinklers which cool the air were placed near the entrance to the museum. The sprinklers are installed on the days of highest temperatures and removed when the temperature drops.
Among (our) visitors there are many people who come from countries where such high temperatures as we have (had) this summer in Poland do not occur. Something had to be done, as we have noticed cases of faint(ing) among people and other dangerous situations. Therefore we had to do everything we could to minimize the risks connected with the heat and high temperatures. The safety and health of visitors are our priority during the period(s) of extreme heat. Cooling air ha(s) been really helpful to visitors in this difficult situation.
Piotr Kadlcik, the immediate past president of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, agreed with the museum and was moved by the concern for visitors to the museum.
“The Germans twisted the concept of shower – a source of cleanness and relief – into the equivalent of pure horror. We shall not follow this path,” he commented. “The unprecedented heat wave during this summer required proper measures. It’s a sign of care for the visitors by museum staff,” said Kadlcik.