12:12, July 05 79 0

2017-07-05 12:12:07

 

What this congressman did when he visited Auschwitz is unbelievable

Officials at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum have criticized a Louisiana congressman for narrating part of a five-minute political video from inside a former gas chamber at the former Nazi concentration camp in Poland.

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins posted the video on YouTube Saturday, as JoeMyGod and news outlets in Louisiana reported. Recording his thoughts with what appears to be the front-facing camera of his cellphone, he walks from the tracks where millions of victims were herded into the camp, and into the museum.

Higgins taped part of his video standing in front of the very chambers used to exterminate more than 6 million human beings, mostly Jews, but also gays, communists, Roman Catholics, Slavs, gypsies and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Talking to the camera, the Republican says the gas chamber killings took only about 20 minutes and show why the U.S. military “must be invincible.”

A post on the Auschwitz Memorial’s official Twitter account Tuesday said that the former gas chambers are not a stage but a place where there should be respectful silence.

Later Tuesday, museum officials posted a photo of the entrance sign to that building, asking visitors to “maintain silence here.”

A spokesperson for Rep. Higgins told LGBT Nation he had no comment at this time.

As LGBT Nation has reported, the Nazis kept files on 100,000 people, mostly men, as part of their persecution of gays. About 15,000 were sent to camps, and at least half were killed.

Unlike their persecution and murder of more than 6 million Jews, however, there was no grand Nazi plan to exterminate gays. Nazis viewed being gay as a “public health problem” since those German men did not produce children, said Deborah Dwork, director of the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

The Nazis outlawed being gay and the Gestapo set up a special unit targeting homosexuality. In the Buchenwald concentration camp, the Nazis carried out experiments to try and “cure” homosexuality. Those sent to the camps were forced to wear pink triangles, compared to the yellow stars that Jews bore on their clothing. Gay Jews wore an emblem that combined the two colors.

Dawn Ennis contributed to this report. 


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