Taiwan High School Students Stage Nazi-Themed March, Salute History Teacher ‘Hitler’
JNS.org – A private school in Taiwan drew harsh criticism Sunday after photographs of its students dressed as Nazis surfaced on social media.
According to the Taipei Times, the images — taken at Hsinchu Kuang Fu High School in Hsinchu City — show the students wearing SS uniforms, and waving Nazi flags while they march, as their history teacher portrays Adolf Hitler. One photo captures a student riding a cardboard “tank” and performing the Nazi salute.
“It is deplorable and shocking that seven decades only after the world had witnessed the horrors of the Holocaust, a high school in Taiwan is supporting such an outrageous action as we witnessed yesterday at Hsinchu Kuang Fu Senior High School,” said Asher Yarden, an envoy at the Israeli Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei. “We strongly condemn this tasteless occurrence and call on the Taiwanese authorities, at all levels, to initiate educational programs which would introduce the meaning of the Holocaust and teach its history and universal meaning. Israel would support such endeavors as may be necessary.”
The Taiwanese Presidential Office launched an investigation into the “regrettable” incident, calling it “extremely disrespectful to the Jewish people who had been victims of the oppression perpetrated during wars; but more importantly, it highlighted ignorance about history.”