Friday, January 18, 2008

Cafe Hitler.

Samizdata highlights a bar named after the world's greatest mass murderer ever, Mao, with a quote from one of their commentators:
Kill six millions Jews in Germany, your name becomes a synonym with evil. Kill between 44 and 72 million Chinese, you get a café named after you. It's a funny old world, eh?
Actually there are bars named after Hitler or the Nazis, just not anywhere in the West where knowledge of his atrocities is almost universal. There are actually several Nazi themed institutions in South Korea:

Seoul - Israel's ambassador expressed outrage on Monday over a Nazi-themed bar in a South Korean city, calling it "revolting".

A report on the bar was published in Monday's Korea Herald, which carried a photo of a flaming-red swastika decorating the establishment's entrance, while a poster of a Nazi soldier wielding a rifle is displayed inside, the paper said.

"I think it's a disgrace, it's really revolting," ambassador Yigal Caspi told AFP.

Caspi said he was especially angry at the bar owner's explanation that he adopted the theme just to be different.

This isn't the first time that a controversy* over Nazi bars in South Korea** have hit international headlines. It isn't because Koreans are a nation of neo nazis, but because there is a level of ignorance about Hitler's crimes that doesn't exist in the West. The same level of ignorance that exists about the atrocities of Mao in the West.

* Is it really a controversy if almost everyone is on one side of the debate?

** I shouldn't single out South Korea, the same frivolous attitude to the Nazis exists in several East Asian countries, including Taiwan and Hong Kong.

{ Via Stephen Pollard }


dearieme said...

It is indeed horrible but also reminds me that the nazis did vulgar art really well. Stunning flag, magnificent son-et-lumiere etc. The lesson? I'm not sure there is one. Unless it's that I prefer it when art-school types - even failed art-school types like Hitler - go into pop music rather than politics. Though both are a disgrace to civilsation, they are of different orders of magnitude.

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

Cafe Irving?

Ross said...

Cafe Irving, you eat and drink whatever you ordered but when it comes to paying you simply deny that the meal ever took place.

Umbongo said...

"you simply deny that the meal ever took place." or claim the meal was crap, sue the restaurateur and, when you lose the case, go bankrupt.