Jamie McDonnell, 35, deletes Auschwitz selfies with girlfriend

British boxer Jamie McDonnell, 35, deletes smiling Auschwitz selfies with his girlfriend after fury over ‘tone deaf’ tweets about ‘lovely trip’ to Nazi death camp

  • Jamie McDonell, 35, posted selfies of him and his girlfriend smiling at Auschwitz
  • The two-time world champion boxer has faced huge social media backlash  
  • He took the photos down but before had hit out at critics telling them to ‘chill’  

A two-time world champion boxer has deleted ‘tone deaf’ photos of him and his girlfriend smiling on a visit to Auschwitz.

Jamie McDonell, 35, faced huge backlash on social media after he put up selfies of the grinning pair in front of the former concentration camp, captioned: ‘Lovely day trip today round Auschwitz, opens your eyes a lot’.

The memorial and museum, in Poland, lets visitors walk through the remains of Germany’s largest extermination centre, where more than 1.1 million lost their lives.

Jamie McDonell, 35, faced huge backlash on social media after he put up selfies of the grinning pair in front of the former concentration camp

Twitter outrage to the post included comments asking if McDonell knew the site was a ‘concentration camp and not Disneyland’, The Sun reported.

McDonnell’s Twitter account no longer exists.  

One user said, in reaction to the pictures: ‘I don’t think the term lovely is quite appropriate for a description of Auschwitz.

‘Also probs best not to pose like that in a place people experienced hell, suffering, torture, and death. But hey at least it opened your eyes.’

Another added that while it was good the pair too the time to visit, ‘you really don’t need to take photos at an extermination camp – you certainly shouldn’t be taking selfies. The site is a mass grave.’

However McDonnell told his critics they need to ‘chill out a bit’ and that the backlash against him is ‘getting boring’.

He said: ‘Obviously meaning a nice day out with the misses her in Poland, and the place opens your eyes, chill your bean.’

‘Ok mate it’s a tourist place is it not so if we visit we can’t smile, come on pal.

One user said, in reaction to the pictures: ‘I don’t think the term lovely is quite appropriate for a description of Auschwitz

‘That’s why I am there obviously, I have a weekend away with my girlfriend, I’m not going to not smile am I, but I understand what’s happened chill out a bit.’ 

The death camp was established by Germans in 1940, in Oswiecim, Poland, which was annexed by the Nazis. 

According to the memorial and museum’s website, the direct reason for setting up the camp came from the fact that local prisons didn’t have capacity for increasing mass arrests.

McDonnell told his critics they need to ‘chill out a bit’ and that the backlash against him is ‘getting boring’. He said: ‘Obviously meaning a nice day out with the misses her in Poland, and the place opens your eyes, chill your bean’

It was initially a detention centre for political prisoners, but eventually Jewish people as well as anyone perceived to be an enemy of the Nazis were killed, usually in gas chambers, or taken in for slave labour. 

Josef Mengele, a Nazi known as the Angel of Death, performed deadly barbaric experiments on prisoners, History reported. 

All camps and sub-camps were isolated with barbed wire and fencing, guarded heavily by the SS. 

In 1945, the Nazis ordered for some 60,000 on a march to other locations when they heard the Soviet army was approaching to liberate the detainees.  

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