Someone should have realized this was a bad idea.


You'd think the people who run the Auschwitz Memorial would have a process where every time they add a new feature, they ask themselves: Hang on, is this going to seem insensitive about the Holocaust?

Apparently, that's not the case, based on their new misting showers to cool down hot tourists waiting in line at the former Polish Nazi concentration camp [updated to more clearly reflect that the Nazis were the bad guys here], which is now a Holocaust museum. The showers are upsetting Israeli tourists who find them reminiscent of gas chambers used to kill Jews and others in large numbers during World War II. As one man told the Jerusalem Post: "All the Israelis felt this was very distasteful. Someone called it a 'Holocaust gimmick.'"

The folks who run the Auschwitz Memorial took to Facebook to explain that it was all just a big misunderstanding, they were just trying to keep people from fainting during a heat wave, and anyway that's not even how gas chambers worked:

Since there are articles about the mist sprinklers at the Auschwitz Memorial entrance published, and you also send us...

Posted by Auschwitz Memorial / Muzeum Auschwitz on Monday, August 31, 2015
Sources: CNN