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June 24, 2013 11:15 am

Israeli Tourists Shocked by Nazi Kitsch in Bulgarian Town

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Adolf Hitler at the Reichstag.

Israeli tourists in Bulgaria were shocked by the prevalence of Nazi kitsch on sale during a recent visit to the beach resort of Nesebar, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Monday.

Perhaps even more startling was the response of one of the shop owners selling items such as Hitler mugs, wristwatches with swastikas, and an alarm clock with a picture of Hitler on its face: “There are people who want to buy the products, otherwise we would not sell them. We sell to those who want them, those who don’t, don’t have to buy them.”

According to Channel 2, there was a confrontation between some of the tourists who tried to call the authorities and the shop owners, who felt that their livelihood was under threat.

One tourist told Channel 2 that a shop owner even refused to sell him the alarm clock after learning that he was Israeli. Another Israeli tourist voiced his regret, saying that the trip to Bulgaria was pleasant, Nesebar beautiful, but that he couldn’t in good conscience return knowing he’d be supporting a town that sells such items.

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  • Kyra Nelson

    Anyone who has nostalgic memories of hitler (My’mach shmo) is a moron. You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate how the nazis utterly raped and despoiled Europe and ALL its people. Not to mention the 50 million people who died needlessly in that war. Soon those european nazi-lovers will get their wish, to be under the jack-boot of fascism. Only this time it will be muzzies doing it. We’ll see how much they like it then. I’ll be having a big Zionist belly laugh when it happens.

    • Kyra Nelson

      That’s y’mach shemo. There goes the auto correct!!

  • Krista Phillips

    I have difficulty reconciling this disgraceful practice of allowing merchants to profit from genocide with the March 2013 announcement that the Bulgarian Orthodox Church received a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for saving Bulgarian Jews.

  • Paardestaart

    It would be a pity if Israeli’s stayed away from Bulgaria, the one country defying Hitler’s deportation orders and saving all it’s jews. Maybe it would be better to continuously remark upon and protest the sale of Hitler memorabilia.. Name and shame!

  • Aron Bally

    That is a proof that not all Bulgarians love Jews. There is a very strong nationalistic movement , assuming that Jews are ruling the world and rob Bulgaria. More will come out later. The authorities do not do anything against antisemitic publications and except meaningless statements.

  • JB Silver

    I think that this act, while deplorable, is that of a few individuals, and should not overshadow the fact that Bulgaria as a nation saved ALL its 60,000 Jews in WWII, even getting 3,800 Macedonian Jews returned to Bulgarian control just hours before they would have arrived at Auschwitz.

    The Bulgarian people hid all those Jews in their own homes, with the strong support of the Bulgarian Church, Crown, and Government. I have this information from a cousin’s wife, herself a lady from Bulgaria who lived through it all, came to the Land of Israel in 1946, and served in the IDF in 1948.

    How many countries in Europe behaved in this exemplary fashion?
    Don’t always be so ready to jump down people’s throats and find fault and active anti-semitism.
    Personally, I am ashamed as a Jew and an Israeli at the treatment of Bulgarian workers in Israel. We owe the Bulgarian People 60,000 Jewish lives…

  • Gabrielle

    It might be interesting for algemeiner to interview a few people who are buying the nazi objects to find out why people would spend money on it. Are they sentimental about the nazi era? Are they collectors? Are they members of a neo-nazi group?