Grinning young girls perform a Nazi salute at Auschwitz death camp

Auschwitz officials are trying to identify three girls who performed a Nazi salute outside the ‘gate of death’ to the World War 2 concentration camp.

According to local media, the girls uploaded the image to Instagram but quickly decided to take it down.

However, officials at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum had already been alerted to the image and informed the public prosecutor’s office.

The photo was also shared on Facebook by the group ‘Racist and Xenophobic Behaviour Monitoring Centre’ which wrote: "The girls’ ‘prank’ proves how education about the horrors of the Holocaust and totalitarian systems is needed, especially with anti-Semitism growing in Poland."

Local authorities are in the process of identifying the teenagers and their school will be informed about the incident.

This is not the only case of Nazi gestures being carried out by ignorant visitors of the Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp.

In 2017, a group of Swedish teenagers were filmed making inappropriate gestures and remarks while visiting the memorial complex.

And in other incident an Israeli student dropped his trousers at the Majdanek concentration camp close to the Polish capital Warsaw.

In that case, the Israeli Ministry of Education intervened and made the culprit pay a £250 fine.

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