Nazi-Themed Café in Indonesia Forced to Close After Sparking Uproar

Friday, 19 Jul 2013 11:03 AM

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A Nazi-themed café in central Indonesia has temporarily closed after sparking outrage among tourists and locals. Authorities questioned the owner about why he would ever open such a controversial, offensive eatery.

The Nazi-themed café, Soldatenkaffee, has a red wall of Nazi-related memorabilia, including a large flag with the swastika and a giant picture of Adolf Hitler. The Nazi eatery's wait staff dresses in SS, or Schutzstaffel, military uniforms, and can be seen posing in front of the Nazi-themed cafe on its Facebook page, according to the Associated Press.

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The Nazi-themed cafe, located in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung, one of Indonesia's tourist destination cities, has been open since April 2011. But a recent article in a local English-language newspaper has prompted angry responses from some foreigners and Indonesians on social networking sites.

Ayi Vivananda, deputy mayor of Bandung, said a letter was sent Thursday summoning cafe owner Henry Mulyana to meet with officials to discuss his motives for opening the Nazi-themed cafe and whether his objective was to incite racial hatred.

"Those symbols are internationally recognized to represent violence and racism," Vivananda said.

Mulyana says his objective was not to breed hatred. Instead, he said he wanted to decorate his restaurant with Nazi symbols to attract customers, both local and foreigners.

He also denied being pro-Nazi or supporting Hitler, responsible for the deaths of some 6 million Jews during World War II.

"I'm just a businessman, not a politician," Mulyana said. "I have a right to design my restaurant with anything that attracts people to come. I'm sure that I'm not violating any laws."

The café owner said the recent controversy has forced him to temporarily close his restaurant. He declined to say whether he would consider changing the Nazi theme if authorities requested him to do so.

"Let's wait and see," he said. "I don't want the workers here to lose their jobs."

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