“Happy Hanukkah from Auschwitz!!” reads the image caption.
The photo, taken at an event organized and hosted at the elite St. Mark’s residential college, features two recent students from the University of Adelaide in Australia wearing striped concentration camp-style pajamas, caricature hook noses and a yellow Star of David pinned on their chests.
The students are also depicted wearing mock shackles with prisoner identification numbers marked on their inner arms, simulating those tattooed on Jewish concentration camp victims during the Holocaust.
The “Jew Team” can be seen wearing hook noses and fake beards and holding bags with dollar signs. Two female students who are apparently dressed as flames stand alongside the students dressed as Auschwitz prisoners.
One individual commented on Facebook, “Can you do anything slightly politically correct?” to which a student who attended wearing a hooked nose and shackles responded, “Wouldn’t Jew like to know?” The image has been liked more than 40 times.
The Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) released a statement slamming the photos.
“This appalling behavior denigrates the memory of the systematic extermination of six million Jews and millions of others during the Holocaust and trivializes the horrific crimes perpetrated by the Nazis,” said Noa Bloch, national political affairs director of AUJS.