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24 February 2020 - 30 Shevat 5780 - ל' שבט ה' אלפים תש"פ
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Thai band member pays respects at Auschwitz E-mail

Last month, a member of Thailand’s most popular allgirl band, BNK48, posted photos of her visit to Auschwitz extermination camp in Polandwhere at least 1.1 million Jews were murdered.

The social media post by BNK48 member Jennis Oprasert earned praise from key members of Israel’s diplomatic mission to Thailand, who offered thanks to her “admirable” actions, months after the same band drew worldwide ridicule and criticism for allowing one of its members to wear a Nazi Swastika shirt onstage.

Fellow bandmember Pichayapa “Namsai” Natha wore a shirt portraying Nazi Germany’s state flag, their take of the Swastika emblazoned across her body during a televised rehearsal on 27 January.

The deputy chief of mission of the Israeli Embassy in Bangkok took to Twitter to express “shock and dismay” at the outfit. The 19-year-old singer later apologised onstage during a concert. She later claimed full responsibility for her ignorance in an apology posted on her official Facebook page.

Of her trip, Jennis wrote: “I went to Auschwitz concentration camp. It was very sad. There’s a lot of historical information inside, but I couldn’t read it all in just one day.” She also published photos of her visit at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum and said she would write more about the place.

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