Auschwitz museum director Piotr Cywiński stepped in to help and offered to serve part of the teen’s jail sentence for clemency after Omar Farouq Bashir was sentenced allegedly ‘blaspheming against Allah’ during an argument with a friend at school.
The T-shirt, which shows a skull and crossbones alongside the ‘Camp Auschwitz’ slogan, was listed for sale on Etsy’s marketplace and is similar to one worn by a rioter who stormed the Capitol in Washington D.C. last week.
The Auschwitz Museum in southern Poland will remain closed to visitors until January 31 owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the museum announced on Tuesday.
In a letter to Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari, the director of the museum Piotr Cywiński hit out at the “preposterous sentence” saying: “While waiting for your response, I wish to assure you that I will continue to act toward’s the boy’s release.”
The Europa Nostra Award was given for highlighting the importance of continuing to educate people in Europe and beyond about one of the darkest episodes in 20th Century history.
A testimony to the need for culture, the poems were collected by Bożena Janina Zdunek and inscribed in a notebook that was meant to record the numbers of deceased prisoners.
In a letter to the president of Nigeria, where the 13-year-old is being held, Piotr Cywiński said he would take the 13-year-old’s place, adding: “I cannot remain indifferent to this disgraceful sentence for humanity.”
Piotr Cywinski, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, has written to the president of Nigeria requesting the pardon of a 13-year-old boy sentenced to 10 years in prison for blasphemy, Cywinski has tweeted.
The discovery described by museum staff as "exceptional" was made during conservation work on shoes that make up part of the permanent exhibition at the Auschwitz museum.
The release of the letters marks the 80th anniversary of the first transport of Polish prisoners to Auschwitz.