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November 12, 2013 2:11 pm

Italian Trade Union’s ‘Hitler Prize’ Ignites Controversy

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FederFauna's Hitler Prize. Photo: FederFauna.

FederFauna's Hitler Prize. Photo: FederFauna.

An Italian trade union has drawn the ire of the Italian Jewish community for offering a spoof ‘Hitler Prize’ to people who work with animals, the Daily Mail reports.

FederFauna, a union for people who work commercially with animals, offered twisted logic for naming the prize after the brutal Nazi leader. The union said it was inspired by Hitler’s law to protect animals, while systematically killing millions of humans, which is how they feel pro-animal groups are now behaving.

Massimiliano Filippi, general secretary of FederFauna, said: “The Hitler Prize represents a condemnation of those who trample on human rights in the name of the ideology of ‘animal rights!’ I find that asking to stop experiments on rats and proposing instead experiments be done on prisoners has a close affinity to Nazism.”

A poster for the prize features a picture of Hitler feeding two deer at the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Italian Rabbi Barbara Aeillo told the Local newspaper that the prize “exemplifies a disturbing trend of intolerance and hate that is on the rise not only in Italy but throughout Europe.”

“Creeping Nazism is a slow but steady trend that minimizes the Holocaust, demeans the memory of those murdered and diminishes the suffering of the survivors. The fact that a competition like the Hitler Award is even conceivable, let alone celebrated, is more than troubling and indicates a significant change in the Italian public’s general tolerance for anti-Semitic remarks and activity.”

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  • HaDaR

    Barbara Aiello IS NOT a rabbi but a gentile minister of some religion other than Judaism.

  • Bede A.

    I think the idea of the Hitler Prize is good and directly on-par with every sane person’s thinking and Jewish interests. Because the “Hitler Prize”, as described, is not a prize to celebrate, but to condemn and insult “insanity” and double-standards. As it says, for people who, like Hitler, want to save animals creating a positive image in front of others, but kill millions of humans, in the backyard… So, the prize is to insult, rather than promote, so, what better name is there in the World, than “Hitler” for such insanity??

    But there is a catch…

    This union wants to use it against animal rights activist groups, whom, though the industries with commercial animal interests hate, the average society applauds due to their concern over animal welfare.
    Secondly, though the name “Hitler” is the best title in the world, to use for anything that is wicked, horrible, nasty and extremely negative, still, even the mention of that Word, can be highly deplorable, to most of the people.
    Finally, it can start with a very negative meaning, meant to be given away to the nastiest people in the world, but over time, the neo-Nazis can start using it with a positive context, and this can change it’s meaning.

  • Julian Clovelly

    The Third Reich and the Second World War were in the most appalling taste. They are not an appropriate source for casual frivolity. Anyone who thinks they are should look a little closer at both the contemporary suffering and the modern consequences of those events.