Elon Musk is visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in Oświęcim (Lesser Poland Voivodeship) on Monday. He visited the site of the former Nazi concentration camp. From there he will go to Krakow, where he will take part in a discussion with American publicist Ben Shapiro about anti-Semitism on the Internet.
The official highlight of Musk’s visit to Poland is to be participation in a discussion with Ben Shapiro on anti-Semitism on the Internet on Monday late afternoon in Krakow. On Tuesday, he is scheduled to attend a memorial service at the former German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
His visit is part of the program of celebrations of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which falls on January 27. These events are organized by the European Jewish Association (EJA).
Elon Musk in Poland
Bloomberg reported last week that Musk would come to Krakow and Oświęcim. As she recalled, the owner of Tesla and the X platform last fall tentatively agreed to visit the site of the former camp during a live discussion with the head of the EJA, Rabbi Menachem Margolin.
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Born in South Africa The entrepreneur then faced accusations of anti-Semitism when he agreed with an anonymous user of the X platform who claimed that Jewish communities promote “hatred against whites” and are responsible for bringing “hordes of minorities that are flooding the country.”
– We condemn this disgusting promotion of anti-Semitic and racist hatred – this is how Musk’s behavior was assessed by Andrew Bates, spokesman for the White House. He noted that the post Musk responded to referred to a conspiracy theory that motivated the gunman who killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018.
As Zahed Amanullah of the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue explained to the BBC, “the original post to which Musk responded uses specific language that has justified brutal attacks on synagogues in the past.”
– It is unacceptable to repeat the hideous lie behind the act of anti-Semitism. Even more so in the most difficult time for the Jewish people since the Holocaust, Bates added, referring to the Hamas attack on Israel of October 7 this year.
The post was condemned by the White House, and a number of large advertisers, including Warner Bros. Discovery, announced a boycott of the platform. Musk later admitted that his statement was “one of the stupidest things” he had ever done.
The Germans killed at least 1.1 million people in the Auschwitz camp
Germany they founded the Auschwitz camp in 1940 to imprison Poles there. The first transport of Polish political prisoners, numbering 728 people, arrived at Auschwitz from the prison in Tarnów on June 14, 1940. Poles were the second group of prisoners in terms of the number of people deported to the camp.
Auschwitz II-Birkenau was established two years later. It became the site of the extermination of Jews. There was also a network of sub-camps in the camp complex.
In the camp, the Germans killed at least 1.1 million people, mainly Jews. With over 140 thousand Half of the Poles deported there were killed.
In 1947, a museum was established on the site of the former Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau camps.
Main photo source: Yoav Dudkevitch