Auschwitz Removes Controversial Visitor Showers

Officials remove showers from entrance to most notorious concentration camp, though still reject comparison to gas chamber "showers."

Matt Wanderman ,


Administrators at Auschwitz are removing the controversial showers outside of the site's entrance, Nana10 news reports.

The showers were intended to provide a cooling mist to help visitors cool off from the summer heat. However, many felt that the concept of encouraging people at a concentration camp to enter showers carried unavoidable connotations.

It is estimated that a million people were killed in Auschwitz and Birkenau. One of the most common means was to tell the victims that they needed to clean themselves before settling into the camp. Rather than pour water, though, the "showers" filled with Zyklon B poison gas.

Officials claim that the installation was removed because temperatures, which neared 40 degrees Celsius over the summer, have cooled and that they still reject the comparison.

"It is really hard for us to comment on some suggested historical references since the mist sprinkles do not look like showers and the fake showers installed by Germans inside some of the gas chambers were not used to deliver gas into them. Zyklon B was dropped inside the gas chambers in a completely different way - through holes in the ceiling or airtight drops in walls," they stated on the site's Facebook page.