Tomorrow, as part of the celebrations to mark the 85th anniversary of the Polish Air Force, three visiting Israeli F-15 aircraft are going to fly low along the railway tracks leading to the Auschwitz death camp. The pilots, who are descendants of Holocaust survivors, will read the names of victims who were arriving at the camp at that time exactly sixty years earlier. “They will fly over the camp for about a second to honor the ashes of their fathers and grandfathers”, said the Israeli ambassador to Poland.
But the Auschwitz museum is opposed to this form of commemoration. It issued a statement saying it “felt such a display was inappropriate” and that it “deplores the demonstration of Israeli military might in this place”.
They do not know what they are talking about. This is arguably the most appropriate thing to have happened anywhere, ever. How can someone work at Auschwitz and not know that?