A Republican lawmaker has apologized and taken down an online video after officials at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland denounced the video because it was filmed inside the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. Higgins narrates the video like a wanna-be Ken Burns with a southern drawl before standing in front of the ovens where victims were burned to death, saying "this is why homeland security must be squared away, why our military must be invincible".
"Everyone has the right to personal reflections", the post said. In the video Higgins speaks about the horror of what happened inside the gas chambers and then turns the attention to the U.S. It's not a stage.
He ends the video by saying: "The world's a smaller place now than it was in World War II".
In the video, Higgins walks through the property and explains why he thinks it's important to remember those who died in the chambers.
As some have noted, not once does Higgins mention that the majority of people killed in Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps were Jews, along with LGBT people, Romani people, the disabled, Poles, and others.
Higgins's offices were closed Tuesday for the Fourth of July holiday and he could not immediately be reached for comment.
The five-minute video was first posted on the YouTube channel Lee Johnson Media, which describes itself as "A Conservative Podcast looking at America of Today!" Higgins was unapologetic, telling The Times-Picayune of New Orleans that "the terrorists certainly take advantage of the politically correct madness that consumes the West".
"Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down", he said.
"[Higgins] must get sensitivity training or get a new job", Executive Director Steve Goldstein said in a statement.