Facebook page promoted 'Auschwitz spa'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2010
The page has now been removed

The page has now been removed

A Facebook page advertising the “Auschwitz Spa” as a “slimming” place has been removed following complaints by the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Centre.

The page, created by French-speaking users of the social networking site, encouraged people to “come visit our new spa centre at Auschwitz”, the death camp where the Nazis murdered more than 1.3 million people.

The creators had even added a heart icon at the end of the title.

In the description section the authors referred to “rivers of blood” and “providing experiences to entertain your brain”. They also mentioned “saunas using gas” and “light food to help you diet”.

They added: “For all this, come visit us! You see, you never go home from us!”

The profile picture of the creator

The profile picture of the creator

The page was created by a user whose Facebook profile features a Hello Kitty-style cat wearing SS uniform and making the Nazi salute.

Facebook removed the page as soon as they were notified about its content.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Centre and creator of its web monitor, the Digital Terror and Hate Project, said the “hate page demeans the memory of 6 million innocent victims of the Holocaust.”

He added: “It is the latest shocking example of the growing trivialisation of the Nazi genocide ranging from 'Holocaust Cartoon' contests endorsed by the government of Iran, to Oliver Stone’s recent outrageous statements about “contextualising” mass murderers like Hitler and Stalin.”

Rabbi Cooper said there had been “a spike in the abuse of viral social networks by racists and antisemites over the last two years.”

This is by no means the first instance of Facebook being used as a platform to spread messages of hate.

In 2009 the site banned groups titled “The Holocaust is a Holohoax” and “Based on Facts… There Was No Holocaust”.

Last updated: 12:51pm, July 28 2010