A 17-year-old Ukrainian student will be deported from Poland for snapping a photo of himself waving his middle finger at a memorial dedicated to Jews who were exterminated at the Majdanek death camp during World War II, the Sputnik news agency reported Wednesday.
The student, Vladislav Kucher, posted the photo along with a brief offensive post, on the social media site VKontakte on June 28, provoking a wide public outcry in Poland, including the city of Lublin, where Kucher was the student of a local technical school.
His gesture of disrespect resulted in his immediate expulsion, noted Sputnik.
A whole array of prominent Polish public figures expressed indignation about Kucher's photo, with many urging the authorities to expel the student from the country as soon as possible.
"I have a vague feeling that the people of this kind are entirely indifferent to those who were killed, or stand to be killed. Today, they hate Jews and Poles; tomorrow, they will be ordered to hate others. And I think that the Ukrainians themselves must deal with this person," one angry commentary said, according to Sputnik.
Kucher eventually deleted the post and posted a new one in which he apologized for his actions and explained that he decided to take an insulting photo because he allegedly "dislikes Jews."
In November, eight shoes that once belonged to Holocaust victims were stolen from Majdanek, where 60,000 men, women and children were killed during World War II.
Just last week, two British teenagers were arrested on suspicion of stealing artifacts from the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.
A spokesman for the site said the teenagers were caught digging in the ground in an area where there were once barracks used to sort the personal items of arriving prisoners.