BlackHouse, Oct. 07 – The use of an image of infamous Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz, on the student entrance sermon leaflet led to controversy and made the university officials apologize.
Putting an Auschwitz picture as the cover photo of leaflet for new students instigated criticism among the students and people in America. The leaflet is issued by Emanuel college at Cambridge university notifying the students about a welcome sermon on Thursday.
Auschwitz was a Nazi camp during the second World war in the occupied Oświęcim, Poland. More than a million people were killed in the place using the German slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work makes you free) above their head.
The sight of the photo on the leaflet surprised a large group of students in the college. The college hosts many Jewish students were offended by the photo on the cover of the leaflet.
A junior student told the Cambridge News website that “I have no idea at all what the possible aim of this is, or whether it’s some kind of joke about entering university life.” He also added that all the student who have seen the photo were upset by the offense.
What is this college at Cambridge University thinking? Pic of Auschwitz on cover of welcome brochure for freshers. pic.twitter.com/TbAdLJvewN
— Hannah ???? (@risinginfidel) October 6, 2017
Jeremy Caddick, the college dean, however, blasted the critics saying the photo was neither an offense nor a “sick joke” by the college. He explained that the image reflected a choir visit to Poland and it was put on the cover as a reflection of the image of evil:
Some of the choir went on a trip to Poland. It included a visit to Auschwitz. The sermon is a reflection of that. The point of putting the picture there is that it is an iconic image of evil.
The college, however, acknowledged that it was a mistake to put the image of Auschwitz on its leaflet cover and officially made apology for it to those who were offended.
The recent rise of extremism and Nazism in the US following racist remarks and policies by president Trump led to sensitive reactions by the US community. Controversies over the removal of Confederate monuments which are regarded as signs of racism still lingers on in the US society.