“Irvine, it’s precisely because Germany has bravely confronted her past that Auschwitz still stands as a memorial of man’s inhumanity to man,” Clarke wrote in a now-deleted tweet.
Auschwitz, of course, is the infamous Nazi death camp where over 1.1 million people, most of them Jewish, lost their lives in the Holocaust.
A comparison between monuments made in honour of people who made money off enslaving others and a site preserved solely to remember the atrocities suffered by those who were kept as slaves is wrong and tasteless at best.
But Clarke also made a crucial error. Auschwitz is located in Poland: Auschwitz is the German spelling of ‘Oswiecim,’ the Polish town where the camp was built, 31 miles outside Krakow.
His mistake suggested that perhaps Clarke needed to do his own work on not erasing history.
Of course, others quickly picked up on the error with ‘Auschwitz is in Poland’ even trending.
Clarke was quizzed on his statement.
Others criticised his decision to comment without the correct knowledge.
@SimonClarkeMP @IrvineWelsh Auschwitz remains in Poland, not Germany, in respect to the million people who were mur… https://t.co/2k6jPLnuft