Auschwitz condemns US Congressman for recording video in gas chamber
Posted online with the words ‘Auschwitz. Homeland Security…,’ the video follows Higgins, a Republican congressman for Louisiana’s 3rd congressional district, as he tours the camp. He gives his reflections on the atrocities that occurred during World War II. The video, which has since been removed, is accompanied by the theme from ‘Schindler’s List.’
"The world's a smaller place now than it was in World War II. The United States is more accessible to terror like this, horror like this,” Higgins tells the camera, saying the experience made him committed to make “damn sure that the United States of America is protected from the evils of the world."
The official Twitter account for the memorial criticized the video, saying that although everyone has the right to personal reflections, “inside a former gas chamber, there should be mournful silence. It's not a stage.”
Everyone has the right to personal reflections. However, inside a former gas chamber, there should be mournful silence. It's not a stage.— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) July 4, 2017
An image of a sign that greets all visitors when they enter the gas chambers, asking them to “maintain silence,” was also tweeted by the memorial.
One should be aware of atrocities. Yet, the gas chamber should not be a place for such videos. Here is what all visitors see there. pic.twitter.com/Hklq4YBcRH— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) July 4, 2017
RT.com reached out to Higgins for comment on the memorials criticisms but has not received a response.
The video was met with general praise by his followers on Facebook, but that was followed shortly after with criticism on Twitter, where users questioned how he could use such a place for his own gain.
Today Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins will video blog from your grandparents' cemetery plots about our need for safer borders.— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) July 5, 2017