theyarecomingforyou, on 04 September 2012 - 15:04, said:
Actually, the way that Israel responds to anything related to Nazism, the Holocaust or Jewish hate crimes entirely validates my claim and it has been given special treatment by the western media. Notice how you rarely see criticism from Poland mentioned in articles, a country that suffered greatly at the hands of the Nazis.
Well, the article states at the end
The restaurant owner eventually agreed to change the name after protests by the Israeli embassy, Germany and the US Anti-Defamation League.
I am really not surprised that Germany lodged a complain too: the subject is extremely sensitive in Germany.
theyarecomingforyou, on 04 September 2012 - 14:14, said:
Is the store name in poor taste? Without a doubt, although it doesn't seem the naming was malicious. But as a society we need to stop putting so much emphasis on words and symbols of a bygone era. Such symbolism needs to be re-appropriated so that we can move on, rather than being bound by our past. The swastika used to be symbol of peace and it can be again. And in India the name Hitler doesn't hold the same significance as in the west and that should be considered a good thing. We should never forgot about the horrors of Nazism but we need to stop being held hostage by the past.
I am sorry but no, really no. First, this is not at all a bygone era. There are still plenty of segregation, of racism, of anti-semitism, of nazism all around. The same scapegoating of other group These same words that were used between 1933 and 1945 still kill today in 2012.
Secondly, what Hum posted regarding the origin of the swastika is quite true However, the Nazis have tainted and corrupted that symbol beyond any hope of repair or salvation.
The swastika is going to be remember as the symbol of a regime who made a genocide. That symbol cannot be reappropriated. This is not possible anymore.
When you think about it, how do you think that the 20th Century will be taught in 200/300 years? it will be taught as a century of near constant global war and as much as it pains me to say it, Adolf Hilter is likely to be the prominent character of that time.
There are plenty of war crimes from that era. Japanese war crimes, war crimes under the French occupation by the French government against it own people. These were terrible times and I do not know if a closure will ever be reached.
As far as the owner of the shop in India is concerned, I have high doubts that his intent was not malicious. I cannot imagine that World history is not taught in Indian schools and that the World War II does not have a large place in it. I would qualify this whole story as a cheap and particularly tasteless publicity stunt.
Edit: added a paragraph.