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August 24, 2006

What do They Use for Cooking: A Gas Oven?

Filed under: India, WW2 — limewoody @ 8:04 am

Reuters
Posted online: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at 2057 hours IST

Mumbai, August 23: Israel’s mission in India asked city authorities in the financial hub of Mumbai on Wednesday to get a restaurant called ‘Hitler’s Cross’ to change its name.

The restaurant, which opened last week, was promoted with posters of Hitler and Nazi swastikas, infuriating Jewish population.
“We hope the Indian authorities will ensure that Hitler being such a mass murderer did not get any rehabilitation,” Daniel Zohar Zonshine, Israel’s consul-general in Mumbai, said.
The multi-cuisine restaurant used publicity material featuring a red swastika carved in the name of the eatery.

Its owners, who removed a huge poster of Hitler initially installed at the entrance, have said they chose the German leader’s name to stand out among hundreds of restaurants.
But India’s remaining Jews–most have migrated to Israel and the West over the years–say they could consider legal action.
Zonshine said he hoped the restaurant’s owners would realise the hurt their action had caused to Jews.
“There is a limit to a gimmick. In India, we believe, if something like this hurts the sentiments of a community, it can be treated as a criminal offence,” he said.
The restaurant’s owners have said they were neither promoting Hitler nor the Nazi ideology, but would not change the restaurant’s name.
They have said they would open two more branches in Mumbai with the same name by October.

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