A Cambridge University college has sparked outrage after a picture of Auschwitz was used on the cover of a 'welcome' leaflet for freshers.
The image of the infamous Nazi concentration camp was displayed on the front of a programme welcoming students to prestigious Emmanuel College .
One shocked viewer said the picture had left a lot of students "very upset" - and that it would likely have been seen by many Jewish students.
The college has apologised over the use of the photos of the gates of Auschwitz, bearing the slogan “arbeit macht frei” (work brings freedom), the Cambridge News reports.
However, Emmanuel's Dean, Rev Jeremy Caddick described any suggestion that the picture was some kind of "sick joke" about the Holocaust as "infuriating".
He said the image was intended to go with a sermon inspired by the college choir's visit to the camp, where more than a million men, women and children were tortured and murdered by the Nazis during World War Two, last year.
The pictures were put on the covers of programmes for the welcome service, which was due to be held in the college's chapel yesterday evening.
The Dean said the “iconic image of evil” was paired with the sermon, highlighting the evil in the world and the self-sacrificing steps people can take to resist it.
Students, however, were left “very upset” by the use of the images.
A second-year student at Emmanuel College, who asked not to be identified, said yesterday: “I just saw the programmes for the welcome service the Dean is doing and they have put a big picture of the entrance to Auschwitz on the cover.
“The students who have seen that are understandably upset. The welcome service is being targeted at first-year students and is being held in the chapel.
"It is quite a major moment for students.
“There will be quite a lot of Jewish students seeing this.
"I have no idea at all what the possible aim of this is or whether it’s some kind of joke about entering university life.
"I cannot imagine any reason. I am conscious there are a lot of very upset students at the moment, though.”
Rev Caddick said yesterday the images were never meant to upset anyone.
“It is there because some of the choir went on a trip to Poland,” he said of the picture. “It included a visit to Auschwitz. The sermon is a reflection of that.