By: Agence France-Presse
A US congressman apologized Wednesday for recording a video whereas visiting the Auschwitz focus camp in Poland.
Clay Higgins, a first-term House Republican and former police officer, produced an edited, five-minute video of himself touring components of the Nazi-era camp and narrating in somber tones, together with inside one of many former gas chambers.
“The guards would drop zyklon, cyanide gas from above, through hatches,” Higgins stated from contained in the chamber.
“It’s hard to walk away from gas chambers and ovens without a very sober feeling of commitment, unwavering commitment, to make damn sure that the United States of America is protected from the evils of the world,” Higgins stated.
The video was criticized by some as being political.
The Auschwitz Memorial tweeted a stern objection: “Everyone has the right to personal reflections. However, inside a former gas chamber, there should be mournful silence. It’s not a stage.”
Higgins stated he filmed the “Auschwitz message with great humility” and in “reverent homage” to the estimated 1.1 million individuals murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
“However, my message has caused pain to some whom I love and respect. For that, my own heart feels sorrow,” he stated, providing a “sincere apology” and saying his video has been eliminated.
Steven Goldstein, government director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, referred to as the video “disgusting beyond description.”
“He never refers specifically to mass murder of the Jewish people at Auschwitz,” nor makes use of the phrase Holocaust, Goldstein added.
It just isn’t the primary time Higgins, from Louisiana, has courted controversy.
In June, following lethal terror strikes in London, he stated radicalized Islamic suspects ought to be hunted and killed.
“For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all,” he stated on Facebook.(AFP)