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Bristol Rovers fan slammed after photo of him with football flag at Auschwitz surfaces

A Bristol Rovers fan has been getting slammed online after a photo of him holding his club’s flag at Auschwitz was posted.

It was uploaded in reference to another post which was a collage of photos from ‘tourists’ taking selfies of themselves at various points at and around the museum.

Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones wrote: This is what we have descended to: tourists @AuschwitzMuseum posing for photos & selfies. Auschwitz is a sacred place for human civilization, it is a memorial to the dead. It is not a theme park. For me, these photos, to paraphrase Hannah Arendt, show the true ‘banality of ego’.

@ThisIsMillwall said: It’s even worse when you remember what Bristol Rovers are nicknamed…

Earlier this year, organisers at the Auschwitz Museum tweeted: “When you come to @AuschwitzMuseum remember you are at the site where over 1 million people were killed. Respect their memory. There are better places to learn how to walk on a balance beam than the site which symbolizes deportation of hundreds of thousands to their deaths.”

Pawel Sawicki, Auschwitz Memorial press representative, told ABC News: “One can find both ordinary photographs and the so-called ‘selfies,’ accompanied by a very emotional message, showing that the author of such a photograph knew where he was and such a photograph was intended to commemorate the visit.

“There are also cases, however, when it is clearly visible that the authors of such photographs took the images for fun, without being aware of the place where they are, and sometimes the site of the former camp is used as a stage for stupid jokes.”

Tourists are advised to to take guided instead of self-led tours, which helps sensitise them to their surroundings. The memorial also post a reminder on social media every so often of what photos is frowned upon.

 

After seeing the photo of the Bristol Rovers fan holding up a flag at Auschwitz, fans took to heavily slam him and his actions – see what they had to say on the next page.

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