An EX-WORLD champion boxer has caused backlash after he posted a beaming selfie with his girlfriend while visiting Auschwitz.
Former British IBF champion Jamie McDonnell, 35, has been criticized for posing with his girlfriend during a “lovely trip” to the concentration camp.
Now deleted photos show him grinning for the camera while visiting the death camp, which saw thousands of people killed.
His “tone deaf” post sparked a wave of outcry from members of the public, with one asking him if he knew it was a “concentration camp and not Disneyland” .”
The two-time world champion posted a series of selfies, now deleted, with the caption “Today’s lovely day trip around Auschwitz, opened your eyes so much”.
One of the photos shows him standing with his girlfriend at entrance to Auschwitzand has defended himself and the photos – naming the critics “keyboard warriors”.
One Twitter user replied: “I don’t think the term lovely is quite appropriate to describe Auschwitz.
“Also recommend not posing like that in a place where people have experienced hell, suffering, torture and death. But hey at least it opened your eyes. “
Another said: “I think it’s good that they took the time to visit Auschwitz and I’m sure they learned a lot but the optics here are not that good.
“You really don’t have to take pictures at an extermination camp – you definitely shouldn’t take selfies. This site is a mass grave. “
A third added: “Whoever it is I hope he gets cleared out, obviously there’s not a lot of brains out there to do fair damage.
“You would assume that after seeing the backlash to his insensitive tweet, he might admit his mistake, instead mocking it. D *** head. ”
But McDonnell went out of his way to fight back, arguing with anyone who disagreed with his now-deleted post.
“Clearly meant to be a fun day for those who missed her in Poland, and this place will open your eyes, chill your peas,” he said.
“Ok man, it’s a touristy place isn’t it so if we visit we can’t smile, come on.
“That’s why I’m there obviously, I have a weekend with my girlfriend, I won’t smile, but I understand what happened, calm down a bit.”
He also said that his critics needed to “get a life” and said it was “getting boring.”
Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest concentration camp in Nazi Germany and 1.1 million prisoners, mostly Jews, died there.
It was first built to house Polish political prisoners, who began arriving in May 1940.
But Adolf Hitler then presided over the extermination of the arrivals, with the first prisoners executed in September 1941.
From early 1942 to late 1944, convoys brought Jews to the camp’s gas chambers from across German-occupied Europe, where they were mass killed with the insecticide Zyklon B.
It was finally liberated in January 1945, with one in six Jews killed in the Holocaust dying there.
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