Dec 10 2013
“Two Turkish Muslim students could face up to three years in jail for making the Nazi salute at the Auschwitz death camp,” Polish police spokesman Mariusz Ciarka told the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza.
World Bulletin The tourists, a man and a woman, both 22, were taking pictures of each other in front of the gate to the former Nazi death camp under the iconic sign “Arbeit macht frei,” or “Work makes you free,” and allegedly raised their right hands in the gesture of a Nazi salute.
Both are studying history in Budapest. They had stopped at a hotel in Krakow before making their visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum. “They will probably be accused of public promotion of Nazi symbols,” which is illegal in Poland, Ciarka said.
In October, two other students from Turkey made similar gestures at the Majdanek museum in Poland, directed at a group of Israeli students. Accused of promoting a fascist regime and insulting Jews, the Turkish students could be facing up to three years in prison.