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FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2005 file photo visitors walk through the entrance gate of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp in Oswiecim, southern Poland, a day before the commemorations of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp by Soviet troops. Polish police say the infamous iron sign over the gate to the Auschwitz memorial site with the cynical phrase "Arbeit Macht Frei" _ German for "Work Sets You Free" _ has been stolen. Police spokeswoman Katarzyna Padlo said police believe it was stolen between 3:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, when museum guards noticed that it was missing and alerted police. (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski, File)

A group in their 20s kill a sheep and stripped naked at Auschwitz. Police don't know why.


Roughly a dozen people in their 20s huddled near the entrance to the Auschwitz memorial on Friday where they slaughtered a sheep, stripped naked, and chained themselves together, the New York Times reported. A fireworks device was also set off in the bizarre incident.

The group unfurled a banner that read "love" over the entrance gate to the former Nazi concentration camp. Authorities are still trying to figure out who the people are and what their intentions were.

Malgorzata Jurecka, a spokeswoman for the district police office, said that 11 people were detained, including six Poles, four Belarussians and one German.

“At the moment, we are gathering and securing all the evidence connected with this case to determine the exact involvement of the individuals in this dramatic incident,” she said. “It was macabre.” 

Using Auschwitz--the concentration and labor camp where German Nazis murdered approximately 1.1 million people-- as the backdrop of a political statement is severely frowned up.

“Using the symbol of Auschwitz for any kind of manifestations or happenings is outrageous and unacceptable,” the museum said in a statement. “It is disrespectful to the memory of all the victims.”

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