Bizarre stunt at Auschwitz: Group kills a sheep, then strips

11 arrested after they slaughtered a sheep and stripped naked at the former Nazi concentration camp

Nearly a dozen people in their 20s gathered beside the entrance to the Auschwitz memorial in Poland on Friday afternoon, slaughtered a sheep, stripped naked and chained themselves together. A fireworks device was set off in the nearby parking lot.

At one point, the young people draped a banner reading “Love” over the entrance gate to the former Nazi concentration camp with its infamous scrollwork bearing the three German words “Arbeit Macht Frei,” or “Work Makes You Free.”

On Friday evening authorities were still trying to figure out who the people were and what they were doing. One local media report said the people had filmed themselves with a drone. Other reports said they were protesting against the conflict in eastern Ukraine, though what their staged demonstration had to do with that was unexplained.

Officials at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum - on the sites of the two camps where more than 1 million people died during World War II - said they had been caught off guard and had no idea what was intended.


Malgorzata Jurecka, a spokeswoman for the district police office in Oswiecim , said 11 people were detained - six Poles, four Belarusians and one German.

“At the moment, we are gathering and securing all the evidence connected with this case to determine the exact involvement of the individuals in this dramatic incident,” she said. “It was macabre.”

Museum officials take a dim view of groups using the site as a backdrop for political statements. “Using the symbol of Auschwitz for any kind of manifestations or happenings is outrageous and unacceptable,” the museum said in a statement.

“It is disrespectful to the memory of all the victims.”

New York Times