German Cinema Offers Free Tickets to ‘Schindler’s List’ Screening to Far-Right AfD Members
A cinema in western Germany has offered free tickets to a screening of “Schindler’s List” later this month to members of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
The independent Cinexx movie theater in the town of Hachenburg plans to show the 1993 Steven Spielberg classic — which won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture — on Jan. 27, which is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The AfD — now Germany’s third-largest party — has faced numerous antisemitism accusations since its founding in 2013.
Last June, AfD co-leader Alexander Gauland sparked controversy when he downplayed the Nazi era as a “speck of bird poop in more than 1,000 years of successful German history.”
The AfD branch in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate criticized the theater’s offer, saying, “”We find the fact that the AfD is being linked to the Holocaust, the industrial mass extermination of people of the Jewish faith, to be an unspeakable mistake.”
The theater said in a statement, “We see ourselves as a meeting place; films are windows on the world and initiate discussion in society.”
“That so many feel so powerfully attacked is not our intention and is incomprehensible to us,” it continued. “We are not saying AfD voters are Nazis. Whether or not you need historical enlightenment is at your own discretion. In our opinion, however, the AfD’s party program strongly suggests a trivialization of the events of that time.”