Mist Showers Installed at Former Concentration Camp Site: Good Idea or Politically Incorrect?

n response to a significant heat wave being experienced during this summer in Poland, mist showers were installed by administrators of the memorial and museum at Auschwitz to help people cool off while they visit the former concentration camp.

While the intentions may be good, many people died in concentration camps such as Dachau in Germany — where I visited back in 2006 when I experienced bone-chilling cold air — by being gassed to death when they thought they were taking a shower. One of the many orifices in the ceiling from which the gas emanated was in the form of a shower head, which is shown in the photograph at the top of this article.

Despite being criticized for the negative connotations perceived by some of the visitors of the former concentration camp — and after apologizing as well — the directors of the memorial and museum have declined to remove the mist showers at this time, having cited several incidents which already occurred where tourists have fainted caused by the unusually hot weather, according to this article posted at the Krakow Post.

“Tacky” is how one person I asked — who wished to remain anonymous — described the installation of mist showers. “Don’t go there if you are hot. Heat is the least to worry about compared to what people went through there.”

What are your thoughts? Was this a good idea; or a politically incorrect blunder? Are those who are bothered by the installation of mist showers justified in feeling disturbed by the parallels to the gas chamber showers; or are they being overly sensitive?

Photograph ©2006 by Brian Cohen.

11 thoughts on “Mist Showers Installed at Former Concentration Camp Site: Good Idea or Politically Incorrect?”

  1. J. says:

    Once again, people are overly sensitive. Quite sad how emotional people get over stuff these days.

    1. shay peleg says:

      Did you lose your family in poland?

  2. PSL says:

    This is way beyond being politically incorrect. Putting anything remotely resembling a shower at the Auschwitz entrance seems like the world’s worst Polish joke.

  3. Gene says:

    Interesting. Learned something new. Seems pretty insensitive.

    1. PainCorp says:

      You weren’t aware they put people in gas chambers?

  4. Michal says:

    In Polish these are called “water courtains”, so the association is significantly diminished.
    There’s a short clip showing how it looks like: http://www.tvn24.pl/krakow,50/muzeum-auschwitz-zainstalowalo-kurtyny-wodne-deja-vu-selekcji,573297.html
    (note the style in which some of the visitors dress up to visit the place…)

  5. TJ says:

    I wonder what these people think when it rains.?

  6. GG says:

    +1 Seeing the “shower heads”/misting nozzles in the video puts the whole thing in context for me, I think this is non-issue.

  7. Jake says:

    It is sad how this is here on BoardingArea. Clearly the museum was trying to help prevent further incidents. These in no way resemble showers, and people are overly sensitive. If someone is offended by the shower, they should not even go to the camp.

  8. Ryan says:

    Seeing the actual photo of the misters, I think this is much ado about nothing. They aren’t showers, they’re misters – commonly seen all over the place when it’s hot out in many areas. The site apologized and explained it meant no offense. Do the people who are offended not use the shower in their hotel room when they come to visit the area?

  9. ES says:

    This reminds me of when I visited the tenement museum in NYC. It was possible to tour a few tenements but on the day we went, they only allowed visitors to take one tour rather than back to back ones of different tenements. Why? It was too hot. I remember thinking that the people who lived in the tenements did not have that luxury. But I guess the administrators were concerned people would faint and so implemented the “it’s too hot to go up there today” rule.

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