A group of Maltese travellers showed off a dark sense of humour after brandishing the Nazi salute along the train tracks to the infamous concentration camp in Auschwitz.
Just yesterday, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier asked for Poland’s forgiveness for Nazi atrocities on the 80th anniversary of the first German invasion in the country.
Displaying such symbols in Poland remains a criminal offence, with authorities previously looking into other cases were people made similar gestures.
Auschwitz was a complex of over 40 concentration and extermination camps. At least 1.1 million people were killed at the site.
Lying an hour and a half outside of Krakow, visits to the memorial are common for Maltese tourists, ever since Ryanair introduced flights to the city.
While some remain respectful of the site, people often make brevity of the situation with a dose of extremely dark humour.
Humour and reappropriated Nazi symbols have been a hot topic in Malta recently after a photo emerged on social media showing 32 fireworks bearing such insignia.
On the other side of the coin, activist and actress Pia Zammit was accused of being a Nazi wearing a swastika in a 2009 performance of the wartime comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo.
Zammit and several actors, as well as Opposition leader Adrian Delia, condemned the report as a form of intimidation and attempted censorship.
She has since sued the editor of It-Torċa for libel over the case.