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May 1, 2015 4:48 pm

Irish Bachelor Party Revelers Wear Hitler Masks, Verbally Abuse Locals Near Prague’s Jewish Quarter

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An Irish bachelor party celebrated at a bar in Prague while wearing masks with the face of Hitler. Photo: Heinrich Hoffman via Wikimedia Commons.

Participants in an Irish bachelor party donned Hitler masks and verbally abused locals who confronted them just feet away from the Jewish Quarter in Prague, the Irish Mirror reported on Friday.

The incident occurred on April 24 when a group of 25 to 30 men from the Irish city of Cork gathered at the patio of a bar in the Czech capital, said pub owner Frank Haughton. He said the revelers harangued people who approached them about the inappropriate masks, saying “we can do whatever we want.” The rowdy group also groped Haughton’s female staff and made sexually offensive comments.

“They were a disgrace to themselves, their families, and a huge embarrassment to Ireland,” he told the Irish Examiner. “The sad part is that these guys were of mixed ages, some of whom should have known better. But their language, their inability to have any respect for anything, was repulsive.  These guys just didn’t give a damn.”

Haughton called out the group of men for their insensitivity, abuse of “quiet elderly customers” — who pointed out that wearing the Hitler masks was shameful — and “vulgar treatment of waitresses as sex objects.” He said that he had hosted several bachelor parties in his venues over the last 22 years but none were as “truly repulsive” as this group and the men should be “absolutely ashamed of their behavior.”

“There are two in the ‘truly repulsive’ category that really stand out and it is with sadness and shame that I must state that both came from Ireland,” he added.

Haughton said the group were asked to leave after the bar manager stopped serving them. He has since hired full-time weekend security, the Irish Mirror reported.

The father-of-the-bride defended his future son-in-law’s actions, saying the group of men were too young to understand why a Hitler mask could be offensive.

“There is no malice in them, there’s no harm. They went away for a nice time. You can’t control all the people there,” he said on a radio station in Cork. “[My future son-in-law] is a lovely guy and he’s quiet. You wouldn’t hear him behind a paper bag.”

He added, “A lot of them are in their 20s and their 30s – they probably hadn’t a clue what was going on in World War II, they probably didn’t know it was the former [Czechoslovakia].”

The man said that if he had been at the bachelor party, he would have stopped the group’s “very, very inappropriate” behavior. He admitted that his daughter doesn’t know about the incident and that he would be angry if he were to see her treated like the bar’s waitresses. In the end, however, the father-of-the-bride called the group “a very decent bunch of guys” and claimed that they later apologized for their actions.

“What they did was inappropriate but when they found out what happened they apologized, now, who they apologized to I just don’t know.”

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  • brenrod

    Ireland supported Hitler in WWII, DUH????

  • Julian Clovelley

    With reference to my earlier post on the techniques of black propaganda – I would not be surprised if at least five of the posts here came from the same antisemitic source would not be surprised

  • Foolish inishmen

    Foolish inishmen party late and get their sh*& stomped early

  • Howard

    typical UK idiots

    • The Republic of Ireland is not part of the UK, so much so that during WW2 Churchill had to deal with the possibility of a German invasion through ‘neutral’ Ireland. The govt of the Republic of Ireland sent a formal condolence message to Germany on the death of Hitler.

  • Fred

    Where are the comments?

  • Alan

    Irish drunks? You can knock them over with a feather. Cowards.

  • Hank Lopresti

    Illiterate, il bred trash. Shallow, selfish, self centered boors! Let them tour a concentration camp and view film footage and other documentation of the Hitler era.
    They are ignorant and a disgraceful representation of their community, city and country.
    “You can train them but you can’t teach them”.

  • There is no malice in them, there’s no harm
    Like now the same language was used to underplay the problems…
    Same cause same mental same results !

  • Sylvie7

    What a nauseating report. Alcoholism seems to be a great
    excuse for any repulsive behavior. Ignorance about WW2 is probably a function of lack of education and the general intelligence level of these boys.

  • judithg

    filthy drunken louts. the irish love hitler. they did then. and they still do now. it’s all the drink it shrinks their brains. and, ireland has the highest per capita rate of bi polar disorder in the world. so, there’s that. poor things. then there’s the issue of child abuse and pedophelia but i go on. and one could go on further still. but never mind.

    • Julian Clovelley

      Judithg’s post looks to be either a piece of black propaganda, or should be treated as one

      It appears as a post utilising the technique of trying to associate Jewish people with opinions that they are very unlikely to actually hold

      The technique is to suggest that Jewish people are to be associated with blanket racist hatred of Irish people and to be expected to defame them with utterances concerning sexual perversion, mental disorder and alcoholism combined with a love of Nazism. The real attack in the post looks like an antisemitic one on Jews, using black propaganda

      Worthy of Julius Streicher and not much else. I have noted a number of such racist posts getting through the moderation net. Could Algemeiner be being made target of a black propaganda astroturfing game?

      It certainly looks a bit that way…

      Black propaganda is false information and material that purports to be from a source on one side of a conflict, but is actually from the opposing side. It is typically used to vilify, embarrass or misrepresent the enemy.

      Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors of a message or organization (e.g., political, advertising, religious or public relations) to make it appear as though it originates from and is supported by grassroots participant(s). Astroturfers often use several internet addresses and identities – sometimes using one identity to “lend support” to another.

      Many groups, including some Zionist extremists, use astroturfing techniques. Mostly – in my experience – they are used by Right Wing groups, and often are used to disguise the actual minimal holding of a particular opinion. Another layer of deceit lies in the practice of founding several “independent associations” which on closer examination are actually predominantly fronts for the same memberships – who give them credibility using astroturfing. It is all a propaganda bubble. The Nazis used primitive similar methods

      Australia – where I live – has a large number of such organisations – “particularly in the south where old ladies don’t have much else to do” (the last phrase in inverted commas is my own tongue in cheek example of black propaganda)

  • Julian Clovelley

    I can well understand that some might have found the actions offensive but I rather think they should be taken within the environment of how English speaking people dealt with the problems of Hitler, Mussolini, and the rise of fascism and nazism. They treated them all as being subjects for mockery and beneath contempt

    There never was any great respect for Hitler coming from ordinary British people – What support there was for Fascism came from elements of the upper classes and old aristocracy – sadly reaching the level of the Pre-War Prince of Wales, who upon abdication as Edward VIII became Duke of Windsor.

    Hitler was derided in jokes and in film – an obvious example being the Lambeth Walk parody (1939) by Pathe News that was designed to lift British spirits during the bombings

    An American example would be To Be or Not To Be (1942 version on which Brecht apparently worked)

    Hitler is also mocked more recently in English speaking comedy in Fawlty Towers (John Cleese)

    And in the largely Irish produced Father Ted series

    All of which are in the tradition of deliberate bad taste. Comedy is a major reason why fascism has never taken root in Britain, to this day. It should not be forgotten that many Irish citizens volunteered to join the forces against Hitler. But its a rough tradition of mockery that can be misunderstood. Deep down we all know that the Second World War was in the most appalling taste.

    • How could a film produced in 1939 [Lambeth Walk parody] be intended to lift British spirits during the bombings when there were no bombings in 1939? The Blitz began in September 1940. The film was adapted from a 1937 musical, long before any bombs fell on Britain. Britain was far from alone in its contempt for Hitler. German President Paul von Hindenburg also had the utmost contempt for his chancellor.