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Simon Wiesenthal Center Says ‘Wrong to Market Symbols of Genocide’ at Re-Opened Nazi-Themed Indonesian Cafe

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A publicity photo from Soldatenkaffee, in Indonesia. Photo: Screenshot.

A publicity photo from Soldatenkaffee, in Indonesia. Photo: Screenshot.

A Nazi-themed cafe in Bandung, Java, Indonesia has re-opened a year after the owner shut its doors because of pressure from Jewish human rights groups.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, whose condemnation of Soldatenkaffee was influential in convincing owner Henry Mulyana to rethink his concept, was disappointed that he didn’t follow through with what his lawyer had said — that the cafe would be remade with a broader World War II theme, and that he would remove all of the Nazi swastikas.

On Saturday, AFP reported at the cafe’s re-opening that “three huge iron eagles bearing swastikas were on display, as were WWII propaganda posters bearing the Nazi symbol. Several young men attended the opening dressed in military outfits, including one bearing a swastika on his arm, and some posed for photos as prisoners of war in a mock interrogation room.”

In photos of the cafe, the swastika is in the center of the cafe’s logo, which is prominently painted onto its floor.

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“So much for the promises that the café would remove all swastikas from his establishment,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Algemeiner. “Most Indonesians understand that it is wrong to market symbols of genocide, whomever Hitler’s victims were.”

“But what the owner of this café and the young men who paraded around with Swastikas adorning their military uniform miss is that had the Nazis won World War II, all people of color would have been in peril, including the people of Indonesia,” Cooper said. “We can only hope that Indonesian traditions of tolerance and mutual respect, which I personally experienced on my visits to that country will prevail and that people will shun this café.”

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