Published on : Thursday, August 31, 2017
Poland’s tourism minister said that he would be firing the head of the national tourism organization after he said that he wanted to remove the Auschwitz memorial and a Jewish history museum from tours of foreign journalists.
The tourism minister Witold Banka said that he was dismissing Marek Olszewski immediately over “scandalous remarks”.
A newspaper quoted Olszewski as saying that he wanted to “promote the values of Poland’s culture” and had “no need to show places and events relating to the history of other nations.”
According to the paper, he had removed the site of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz and POLIN Museum of the History of Poland’s Jews, in Warsaw, from tours for foreign journalists.
Olszewski said, “Auschwitz is not a tourism product but a place of martyrdom and deep thought, while we do promotion of Poland as a tourist attraction.”
During World War II some 1.1 million people, mainly Jews but also Poles, Roma, Russians and other nationals were killed at Auschwitz.