Earlier, German news magazine Der Spiegel apologised for making the “extremely embarrassing mistake” of claiming that US troops liberated the notorious death camp in Poland from the Nazis in 1945.
The US Embassy in Denmark sparked a furor online after “inadvertently” stating that US troops freed the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in southern Poland. In a tweet commemorating the anniversary of the camp’s liberation on Monday, the Embassy wrote that “75 years ago, American soldiers liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp,” wrapping up the tweet with the hashtag “#WeRemember.”
— U.S. Embassy Denmark (@usembdenmark) January 27, 2020
Soon, angry social media users took the Embassy to task, with one user writing “No, you don’t remember. Let’s refresh your memory” and posting photos of Soviet troops as they entered the death factory. Others began recalling the events as they took place.