Auschwitz asked how they should handle rubber duck Instagram post

Officials at the Auschwitz Memorial in Oswiecim, Poland, say an Instagrammer has apologized and removed a photo of a whimsical rubber duck posed near the infamous “Gate of Death,” where Nazi officials once glanced over humans being unloaded from cattle cars and decided whether they would immediately be marched to the gas chambers or be sent to endure the concentration camp.

Last week, the @AuschwitzMusueum account questioned how they should react to being incorporated into a meme of sorts by @atuk_apil, whose account poses the smiling duck outside famous sites such as St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow and the Colosseum in Rome.

“What if someone who travels with a rubber duck & uses it as an artistic Instagram convention arrives at @AuschwitzMuseum?” their post asked. “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?”

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