We’re constantly admonished that Indonesia is a “moderate” Muslim country, but stories such as this one show the reality. And this is not a singular or unusual incident. Mein Kampf is a bestseller in many Muslim countries. “Mein Kampf” in Arabic is “My jihad.” Perf.
The enduring popularity of Hitler in Muslim countries isn’t really any surprise. Islamic antisemitism is in the Quran.
“Germany stands for an uncompromising struggle against the Jews. It is self-evident that the struggle against the Jewish national homeland in Palestine forms part of this struggle, since such a national homeland would be nothing other than a political base for the destructive influence of Jewish interests. Germany also knows that the claim that Jewry plays the role of an economic pioneer in Palestine is a lie. Only the Arabs work there, not the Jews. Germany is determined to call on the European nations one by one to solve the Jewish problem and, at the proper moment, to address the same appeal to non-European peoples.” — Adolf Hitler to Haj Amin Al-Husseini, mufti of Jerusalem, November 28, 1941
Visitors at a visual effects museum in Indonesia can pose for a snap with a wax Adolf Hitler, against a banner depicting the Auschwitz death camp. Seen as “fun” by the museum, HRW and a US Jewish organization called it “sickening” and “wrong.”
De Mata, the entertainment museum behind the controversial display, placed a wall-sized photo of the entrance to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp with the infamous inscription “Arbeit macht freit” (Work sets you free). In front of the banner, a wax sculpture of the Nazi German leader Adolf Hitler stands in a dominant posture….
The Hitler figure is “one of the favorite for our visitors to take selfies with,” said a marketing officer in the museum who goes by the name of Warli. “Most of our visitors are having fun because they know this is just an entertainment museum.” The Yogyakarta museum hasn’t received any complaints about the figure, displayed since 2014, he added, saying he was aware of the crimes Hitler committed.
Human Rights Watch has, too, lashed out at the installation, calling it “sickening.” The figure represents a widespread anti-Jewish attitude in a Muslim-majority country, believes the HRW’s Indonesia researcher, Andreas Harsono. The Indonesian Jewish community is rather modest, accounting for some 200 synagogue-goers, according to the United Indonesian Jewish Community, as the Times of Israel reported.
After Cooper criticized the business for exploiting the Nazism theme for revenue, branding it “inexcusable,” the museum officer promised to discuss the calls to remove the figure with management and the owner. “We will follow the best advice and the response from the public. Let people judge whether the character is good or bad,” Warli said….
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