Antisemitic incident: Jews asked to get off at Auschwitz on Belgian train

An unidentified passenger on Belgian train line hijacks PA system and makes anti-Semitic announcement.

Passengers aboard a Belgian train from Namur to Brussels were stunned to hear an unusual message on the train’s PA system: “Ladies and gentlemen, we are approaching Auschwitz. All Jews are requested to disembark and take a short shower.”

The Janaury 31 incident led the Belgian rail company SNCB to file a police complaint over incitement to hatred.

TV station RTL reported that the unidentified passenger hijacked the PA system at 5 pm, peak time. He made his anti-Semitic remarks in French, according to the station.

The incident was reported to Viviane Teitelbaum, a Jewish lawmaker in the assembly of the Brussels region.

Teitelbaum told RTL he spoke to a person who was on the train, who told the lawmaker he suspects the passenger is a part of a group of teenagers who managed to grab a conductor’s keys, that allowed them to gain access to the PA system.

A similar incident occurred in 2012 on the same train line, when the perpetrators – who were never caught – said “Welcome to this train heading to Auschwitz. All Jews are requested to disembark at Buchenwald.”


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