Just before 5.30pm…
Auschwitz Memorial tweeted:
“Arbeit macht frei” was a false, cynical illusion the SS gave to prisoners of the Auschwitz camp. Those words became one of the icons of human hatred hate. It’s painful to see this symbol ‘interpreted’ over ‘ Cork Employment Services Office’. Please remove it.
Just before 8pm…
Dept Employment Affairs & Social Protection confirms that an extremely
offensive sign was placed on outside of Hanover Street office, in Cork by unknown persons yesterday. It was removed immediately. We very much regret that this happened. We have reported it to gardaí.
Pics: Auschwitz Memorial
This morning, PJ Coogan, of Cork’s 96FM, spoke to the two Polish men, called Chris and Piotr, who alerted the Intreo office about the sticker.
In the interview, Chris explained that he was waiting outside the office on Tuesday when he noticed the sign.
He took a picture but was too busy trying to sort out his affairs within the office that he didn’t alert anyone at the office at that point.
He said it wasn’t until he left, and had more time to think about it, that he realised how “bad” the sign was.
He and Piotr returned to the office on Wednesday and Chris spoke to the centre’s security officer and manager.
Chris said they took the mater very seriously, acted professionally and apologised.
He said within 20 minutes the sticker was taken down.
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Thanks Fergal Barry