Poland charges 11 over bizarre lamb-slaughtering by nudists at Auschwitz

Poland charges 11 over bizarre lamb-slaughtering by nudists at Auschwitz
Birkenau entrance to the Auschwitz death camp. (Photo credit: Angelo Celedon, Wikimedia Commons)

Polish prosecutors on Saturday said they had pressed charges against 11 people who slaughtered a lamb and then stripped naked at the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The unprecedented stunt, carried out on Friday in front of the camp’s “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work makes you free”) gate, was apparently intended as a call for world peace.

After killing the lamb, the seven men and four women, all aged between 20 and 27, draped a white banner with “love” written in red over the infamous gate, removed their clothes and chained themselves together.

They used a drone to film the incident, local media reported.

The perpetrators, among them six Poles, four Belarussians and one German, were charged with “desecrating a monument,” Oswiecim regional prosecutor Mariusz Slomka said, quoted by the Polish PAP news agency.

The man who killed the lamb will face additional charges under animal protection laws that carry a penalty of up to two years behind bars, he said.

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