Hitler restaurant causes stir in Thailand

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hitler-restaurant_bangkokA chicken takeaway restaurant that calls itself Hitler after the German Nazi leader reportedly opened in June in Thailand and made it into a Daily Mail story in the UK after pictures of the venue were circulated on Twitter.

The restaurant resembles a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet, but the essential difference is the name and picture of Hitler in a KFC-like outfit placed above the restaurant entrance and at a billboard, the paper reported.

The owner of the restaurant thought it was “a good image”, staff at the restaurant told customers according to Daily Mail.

However, it later turned out that the restaurant’s picture is of 2011 and the branding has already been changed.

Hitler memorabilia and kitsch are common in Bangkok, with critics saying that the education system fails to provide insights to students about the Nazi era in Germany and the atrocities it caused for millions. Thus, the manifestations of Nazi chic can be explained with sheer ignorance of the people feeling attracted to it.

Hitler t-shirtsT-shirts and pictures with Hitler image or Nazi symbols and other memorabilia such as swastika armbands are on sale throughout the tourist areas of Bangkok, namely in the backpacker district around Khao San Road, but also in some shops in glitzy malls. Many of them are just plain silly and seemingly do not convey a political message but are worn or shown for their “shock effect”.

However, some tourists are not amused about the Nazi chic and Israel’s ambassador to Thailand has repeatedly mentioned that such objects are hurting “the feelings of every Jew and every civilised person by trivialising the Nazi era.”

Other critics mentioned that if local people would know more about the Nazi ideology, they would realise that it was targeting all races deemed “inferior”, including Asians, and might want to rethink if they would continue proudly wearing Hitler T-Shirts.

 

 

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A chicken takeaway restaurant that calls itself Hitler after the German Nazi leader reportedly opened in June in Thailand and made it into a Daily Mail story in the UK after pictures of the venue were circulated on Twitter.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

hitler-restaurant_bangkokA chicken takeaway restaurant that calls itself Hitler after the German Nazi leader reportedly opened in June in Thailand and made it into a Daily Mail story in the UK after pictures of the venue were circulated on Twitter.

The restaurant resembles a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet, but the essential difference is the name and picture of Hitler in a KFC-like outfit placed above the restaurant entrance and at a billboard, the paper reported.

The owner of the restaurant thought it was “a good image”, staff at the restaurant told customers according to Daily Mail.

However, it later turned out that the restaurant’s picture is of 2011 and the branding has already been changed.

Hitler memorabilia and kitsch are common in Bangkok, with critics saying that the education system fails to provide insights to students about the Nazi era in Germany and the atrocities it caused for millions. Thus, the manifestations of Nazi chic can be explained with sheer ignorance of the people feeling attracted to it.

Hitler t-shirtsT-shirts and pictures with Hitler image or Nazi symbols and other memorabilia such as swastika armbands are on sale throughout the tourist areas of Bangkok, namely in the backpacker district around Khao San Road, but also in some shops in glitzy malls. Many of them are just plain silly and seemingly do not convey a political message but are worn or shown for their “shock effect”.

However, some tourists are not amused about the Nazi chic and Israel’s ambassador to Thailand has repeatedly mentioned that such objects are hurting “the feelings of every Jew and every civilised person by trivialising the Nazi era.”

Other critics mentioned that if local people would know more about the Nazi ideology, they would realise that it was targeting all races deemed “inferior”, including Asians, and might want to rethink if they would continue proudly wearing Hitler T-Shirts.

 

 

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