Chulalongkorn University says sorry for Hitler picture

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Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, one of the country’s most renowned, apologised on July 15 for a mural displaying a portrait of German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler along with a group of superheroes on the wall of one of its buildings.

A photo of the mural has gone viral through social media and the fact that some passers-by gave the Nazi salute to the picture has enraged the Simon Wiesenthal center in the US, a Jewish organisation, that demanded an apology.

After quite some reaction time, Chulalongkorn University on July 15 issued an apology on Facebook for the mural.

“On behalf of the Student Club of the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, we apologise for the misunderstanding caused by the mural during the graduation ceremony on July 11 and 12, 2013,” the statement said.

“The painting, which has now become a topic of debate, is not intended to refer to anyone particularly.”

The university indicated that the mural was painted by ignorant students who did not realise Hitler’s image would offend anyone.

However, many people in social media postings and newspaper comments criticised the university and its students for their “ignorance” of world history.

The mural has now been removed from the university’s wall.

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Weekend fun in Bangkok

Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, one of the country’s most renowned, apologised on July 15 for a mural displaying a portrait of German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler along with a group of superheroes on the wall of one of its buildings.

Reading Time: 1 minute

Chulalongkorn hitler_small
Weekend fun in Bangkok

Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, one of the country’s most renowned, apologised on July 15 for a mural displaying a portrait of German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler along with a group of superheroes on the wall of one of its buildings.

A photo of the mural has gone viral through social media and the fact that some passers-by gave the Nazi salute to the picture has enraged the Simon Wiesenthal center in the US, a Jewish organisation, that demanded an apology.

After quite some reaction time, Chulalongkorn University on July 15 issued an apology on Facebook for the mural.

“On behalf of the Student Club of the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, we apologise for the misunderstanding caused by the mural during the graduation ceremony on July 11 and 12, 2013,” the statement said.

“The painting, which has now become a topic of debate, is not intended to refer to anyone particularly.”

The university indicated that the mural was painted by ignorant students who did not realise Hitler’s image would offend anyone.

However, many people in social media postings and newspaper comments criticised the university and its students for their “ignorance” of world history.

The mural has now been removed from the university’s wall.

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