Holocaust-mocking train announcement sparks police complaint in Belgium

Millions of Jews were transported via trains to death camps such as Auschwitz during the Holocaust. Most of them were killed in gas chambers. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) The Belgian rail company SNCB has filed a complaint with police over a January incident in which passengers aboard a Belgian train traveling between Namur and Brussels gained access to the public speakers on the train and announced that Jews should get off at Auschwitz and take a short shower.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we are approaching Auschwitz. All Jews are requested to disembark and take a short shower," the announcement reportedly stated, according to the British newspaper The Independent. Viviane Teitlebaum, a Belgian lawmaker, told Belgian broadcaster RTL that she believes the men took a set of keys from the conductor to access the PA system. 

More than 1.1 million people were systematically killed at Auschwitz during the Holocaust, and more than 90 percent of them were Jewish.

Posted on February 13, 2014 .