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New restaurant in Bombay, India bears Hitler's name - it's called "Hitler's Cross"

New Restaurant Bears Hitler's Name



By AIJAZ ANSARI
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BOMBAY, India (AP) -- When Hitler's Cross restaurant opened four days ago in a Bombay suburb, local politicians and movie industry types were on hand to celebrate beneath the posters of the Nazi leader and swastikas.

The owner insisted then - and still does - that the name and theme of his new eatery is only meant to attract attention, even if it has outraged Bombay's Jewish community.

"It's really made people very upset that a person responsible for the massacre of 6 million Jews can be glorified," Elijah Jacob, one of the community's leaders, told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

But owner Puneet Sablok has refused to back down, and apart from Bombay's 4,500 Jews, there's been little controversy in India, where Holocaust awareness is limited, Hitler is regarded as just another historical figure and swastikas are an ancient Hindu symbol, displayed all over to bring luck. There are just 5,500 Jews in all of India.




"It's just to attract people. There is no intention to hurt anyone," said Sablok about his spacious restaurant, which serves pastries, pizza and salad in Navi Mumbai, a northern suburb of Bombay, which is also known as Mumbai.

Those objecting to the restaurant plan to ask the local government to force a name change, said Daniel Zonshine, Israel's consul general in Bombay.

"Instead of Hitler's name being an example of extreme evil, this is like giving legitimacy to Hitler. It's not right to advertise his name in public," Zonshine said.

But while India is ordinarily sensitive to causing religious offense - recently taking action to bar "The Da Vinci Code" movie and cartoon drawings of the prophet Muhammad - at least one local leader said the name Hitler didn't bother him.

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"People are unnecessarily making this into an issue," said Sudhir Jadhav, a local ruling party leader. "We have no plans to protest outside the restaurant or ask him to change the name."

Diners were also quite happy eating in Hitler's Cross.

"Hitler was a bad man, but what's wrong with having food here?" said Ashwini Phadnis, 22, a microbiology student as she tucked away a piece of chocolate cake.

Engineering student Anand Dhillon sat with friends, sipping soft drinks. "I think the name is quite interesting. Tomorrow if someone keeps a name like Saddam Mutton Shop or George Bush Footwear, there's nothing wrong with that, is there?" he shrugged.

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I don't see them doing good business. If they wanted to attract attention they could have named it "Lindsay Lohan's Fire Crotch Pizzeria".
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I don't see them doing good business. If they wanted to attract attention they could have named it "Lindsay Lohan's Fire Crotch Pizzeria".

hmmm, really hygeinic.


the person who came up with this name, is using desperate measures to get media attention. i dont know if it will help his business or not.

I'm not young enough to know everything.
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swastikas are an ancient Hindu symbol, displayed all over to bring luck.
disturbing as this may be the part in bold is of great importance. the symbol came first and still does for many.

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This shows the 2 faces of India.

Highly educated few with advanced degrees, in a sea of ignorant ordinary, average poulace this restaurant owner is taking advantage of.
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swastikas are an ancient Hindu symbol, displayed all over to bring luck.


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disturbing as this may be the part in bold is of great importance. the symbol came first and still does for many.
Except here, it is not associated with ancient Hindu.
It is associated with the most despicable genocidal dictator in the history of the world.
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so many Israelis go to India to let off steam and party after military service. what would israelis think of this now, and Jews (practicing or not) who are not.
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This means WWII was a failure.
Impeach FDR!
Oh wait, he's dead.


It's just more in the continuation of the
trivialization of Adolf Hitler, Nazism, and WWII
history. Few today know the real history, the
facts, and only the slogans and banners and
MTV style idea of what that horrible period
was about.

Yeah, it is pretty stupid.

Let's hope good old fashioned capitalism kills
that business soon - by no one going in there.
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This shows the 2 faces of India.

Highly educated few with advanced degrees, in a sea of ignorant ordinary, average poulace this restaurant owner is taking advantage of.
If you read the article, the ones eating there are highly educated

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If you read the article, the ones eating there are highly educated
They quoted 2 students in the article who have not completed their education.
Hopefully, they will have better awareness by the time they complete their education.

But I must confess it would highly disturbing if your contention is right, that
well educated people do not seem to mind.
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How ignorant. To attract attention? :retard:
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I don't see them doing good business. If they wanted to attract attention they could have named it "Lindsay Lohan's Fire Crotch Pizzeria".
Well, unfortunately, the report does not seem to support your contention.
Everybody seems to see nothing distrubing about the name.
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ABC ran a show called 'The Outsiders' last night about people way
off the beaten path, way out of the mainstream, and one of the
families was a Neo-Nazi/White Nation Mom, and her two blonde
teen daughters who moved to Idaho or something from So. Cal.

So. Cal. was too 'non-white' for them - well, duh, yeah.

It was sad to see the girls singing about Hitler and Nazis and
white babies only, and wearing little yellow smile face t-shirts,
with a Hitler mustache and hair caricature on them.

Anyway, they didn't really get the big deal about being
pro-Hitler and separation of the races. Just more trivilization,
more dumbing down, and they are being used to 'sell'
just how great the idea really is online.



They are big in the international Aryan Nation/White Only
movement - which is a lot of really skanky looking people
with shaved heads, tattoos, and acne in my view from what
I saw. Hey, let them breed among themselves, that's one
sad looking group. If that's the 'ultimate' race, the rest of us
aren't in much trouble. They looked like they could barely
muster together two sticks and a rock.
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