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Auschwitz Museum Explains Why Arnold Schwarzenegger Signed Guestbook With 'Terminator' Quote After Backlash

Auschwitz Museum Explains Why Arnold Schwarzenegger Signed Guestbook With 'Terminator' Quote After Backlash
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In June, the Auschwitz Museum in Poland named Arnold Schwarzenegger a recipient of the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation Award for Fighting Hatred.

On September 28, Schwarzenegger visited the museum "to honor all the victims of the camp and deepen his knowledge about history that would help him fight against prejudices nowadays."

Schwarzenegger, who has openly shared his father fought for the Nazis, posted a video of the event with the caption:

"Today I toured the @AushwitzMuseum with @AuschwitzJCF."
"This is a story that has to stay alive, that we have to tell over and over again."
"We can do all our parts to terminate hate if we are willing to do the work and educate ourselves."
"Never again."

While many commended Schwarzenegger for taking the time to more fully understand the history "in the hopes of preventing future tragedies," one detail of his visit sent social media into a frenzy.

Another tweet by the Auschwitz Museum revealed Schwarzenegger signed the museum's guestbook with his Terminator catchphrase, "I'll be back."

Twitter users immediately shared their distaste, claiming the inscription was "not classy" and "tacky."

After receiving such backlash, the museum felt the need to clarify Schwarzenegger's words were meant as a promise to return.

Regardless of the Auschwitz Museum's opinion, some still felt the phrase to be in poor taste.

Many others, however, agreed Schwarzenegger's words were a promise to return as he truly needs more time to fully immerse himself in the history.

We hope Schwarzenegger continues to pursue his efforts combatting hate.

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