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Auschwitz Gas Chamber Video Earns Rebuke For Louisiana Lawmaker

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A Louisiana congressman is under fire after filming a five-minute video in and around a gas chamber at Auschwitz in he which he discussed the Holocaust and the need for America to maintain a strong national defense.

“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,” said Clay Higgins, a Republican who represents a district stretching along the state’s southern coast, in the video. He cited the Holocaust as evidence that “homeland security must be squared away, why our military must be invincible.”

His video earned condemnation on the Web and from the authorities who operate the Auschwitz site.

“Everyone has the right to personal reflections. However, inside a former gas chamber, there should be mournful silence. It’s not a stage,” wrote the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum on Twitter. It also pointed that a sign near the gas chamber encourages visitors to remain silent.

Posting selfies and videos from Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps has become increasingly common in recent years — and has provoked strong reaction from Jewish and other groups.

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at [email protected] or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon

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