A travel blogger has been forced to apologise after being slammed online for posting a photo of a rubber duck on the tracks outside the Auschwitz concentration camp memorial.
The unidentified blogger, who runs the account @Atukapil, gained a following for posting photos of the yellow rubber duck in front of famous monuments including Buckingham Palace.
However, on Wednesday, the account posted a similar image on the track outside the gates of the concentration camp in Southern Poland.
The caption read: “It was the largest extermination centre in the history of Nazism, where it is estimated that about 1,300,000 people were sent, of which 1,100,000 died, the vast majority of them Jewish,” according to the New York Post.
What if someone who travels with a rubber duck & uses it as an artistic Instagram convention arrives at @AuschwitzMuseum?
Is the rubber duck in front of the Gate of Death disrespectful – even unintentionally? Or is it a side effect of the visual world we should accept/ignore? pic.twitter.com/RVqqVPL9CH
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) November 6, 2019
“Auschwitz II (Birkenau), the extermination camp, where most of the more than one million victims of the camp died. In this section were women,” he added.
“Trains full of people arrived daily and were immediately separated between ‘fit and unfit’. The fit had a life expectancy of months, while the unfit were sent directly to the gas chambers.”
The post was flagged by the Twitter account of the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum.
“What if someone who travels with a rubber duck & uses it as an artistic Instagram convention arrives at @AuschwitzMuseum?” the account tweeted on Wednesday.
“Is the rubber duck in front of the Gate of Death disrespectful – even unintentionally? Or is it a side effect of the visual world we should accept/ignore?”
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. pic.twitter.com/TxJk9FgxWl
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) March 20, 2019
Someone replied: “Totally disrespectful & wholly inappropriate. They can’t be that ignorant or uninformed to visit there and not know of the history and suffering that went on there. Sometimes you have to take a step back from social media for likes.”
“The concept of taking rubber ducky photos at various destinations is adorable and sweet, but clearly this was highly inappropriate and insensitive,” another person tweeted.
The blogger eventually ended up removing the picture from their account and released a statement saying “The intention of the post was the one previously mentioned without intentions to disrespect or generate controversy on the matter. My sincerest apologies to @auschwitzmemorial for the inconvenience and to all the people who have felt offended.”