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Top Thai university apologizes for Hitler banner
Graduate students gave Nazi salute in front of it
- Richard S. Ehrlich for Religion News Service
- July 17, 2013
Thailand’s most prestigious university apologized to the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Monday (July 15) for allowing its campus to hang a huge, hand-painted “Congratulations” banner illustrated with Captain America, Batman and other comic superheroes, topped by Adolf Hitler giving a Nazi victory salute.
The apology came three days after the Simon Wiesenthal Center published on its website a photograph of a female student in a university graduation gown posing in front of the larger-than-life banner with her arm outstretched in a Sieg Heil salute.
“Hitler as a superhero?” asked Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Simon Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean, in a statement posted on July 12.
“Is he an appropriate role model for Thailand’s younger generation — a genocidal hate monger who mass murdered Jews and Gypsies and who considered people of color as racially inferior?”
Cooper suggested Chulalongkorn University create “an anti-genocide curriculum,” and invited officials to view his nongovernmental Jewish human rights group’s Holocaust exhibit.
In response, Chulalongkorn University’s Communication Center sent a letter to the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center and published it on the university’s Facebook page.
Without mentioning Hitler by name, or the Nazis, Jews, or any details of the mural or photo, the university said it “deeply regrets the appearance of this deeply offensive mural.
“We have investigated the case and found that the mural was created by a group of students who were unaware of its significance, and who have now been given an official verbal warning,” the university said.
Source: Religion News Service