A U.S. lawmaker has come under heavy criticism for a clip that’s being described as a “cheesy selfie video” from the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
CNN reports that officials at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum are among those denouncing the video from GOP Congressman Clay Higgins of Louisiana. Higgins serves on the House homeland security committee.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial’s official Twitter account posted a message in response to Higgins’ video saying: “Everyone has the right to personal reflections. However, inside a former gas chamber, there should be mournful silence. It’s not a stage.”
The account also posted a sign that appears in the former gas chamber requesting visitors to maintain silence.
The New York Post notes that “Higgins, a former cop, was apparently trying to record a message that warned of the dangers of extremism and urged support for beefing up US national security efforts.”
“With a violin solo from the flick ‘Schindler’s List’ playing in the background, the congressman recorded a five-minute tour of the infamous camp, where more than a million Jews, Poles and others were murdered by Hitler’s henchmen,” The Post reports. “In one part, he talks while standing among canisters of Zyklon B — the gas used to kill the internees.”
The Post adds: “Higgins last made headlines when he posted a message on Facebook addressed to ‘all of Christendom’ after a terror attack in London in which he said the best way to deal with a ‘radicalized Islamic suspect’ is to ‘kill them all … for the sake of all that is good and righteous.'”
Here’s Higgins’ video …