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Nazi-themed cafe sparks controversy in Indonesia

The cafe sports Nazi-related memorabilia, including a large flag with a swastika.

By Associated_Press Jul 18, 2013 4:19PM

BANDUNG, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities in central Indonesia will ask a restaurant owner to explain his reasons for opening a Nazi-themed cafe that has sparked controversy among locals and tourists, an official said Thursday.

Nazi-related memorabilia hanging on a wall at Soldatenkaffe restaurant in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. (AP) Soldatenkaffee includes a red wall of Nazi-related memorabilia, including a large flag with the swastika and a giant picture of Adolf Hitler. Its wait staff dresses in SS, or Schutzstaffel, military uniforms, and can be seen posing in front of the cafe on its Facebook page.

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The 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.

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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 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.

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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."

He 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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Photo: Nazi-related memorabilia hanging on a wall at Soldatenkaffe restaurant in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. (AP)

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Jul 26, 2013 4:27AM
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Do people realize it's illegal to own or display any Nazi related stuff in Germany? Also, you're not allowed to name your kid Adolph for the same reason. There are some kids there that don't believe the holocaust happened while the older people will still tell stories about it. They're the ones who want the Americans there because 60 years later, they're still grateful to them.

That's why shows like Eurotrip (or whatever that stupid movie was) that showed that little German kid doing the Hitler march in the background is jacked up...the director and other people would probably get a huge-**** fine if not jail time for that.

Jul 26, 2013 12:41AM
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Zionist owned big banks and media outlets influenced Europe and the United States to supported Communist Russia during WW2.  People in Europe and the United Stated had more in common with Germany but Zionist using there money and media outlets lied to the people in Europe and America to support Communist Russia which led to war with Germany. Today these same Zionist owned banks and media outlets are still influencing Americans and Europeans to meet there agenda and not an agenda that would benefit the American or European people.
Jul 23, 2013 9:05PM
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Is Paula Deen a stock holder ? This would fit in nicely with her slave theme planned eatery
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Where do you folks get this stuff?  Our President is a black man and you can't deal with it so you dream up conspiracy theories, atrocities and all types of forboding, none of which really happened or will occur in the future.
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Really - all I hear from you is fear of things, that frankly don't exist outside your warped little paradigm. Come out into the real world instead of living inside the internet and Fox News bubble and experience life as it really exists for the rest of us. 
Jul 19, 2013 5:35PM
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It's a private business. He should be allowed to do what he wants with it; he is the private property owner.
Jul 19, 2013 4:56PM
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It's no coincidence Indonesia happens to have the largest Muslim population in the world.  I'm sure they are not real sensitive to any Holocaust references.  At least if they humor themselves with the tragedy, they can no longer deny it happened.  Someone needs to open a tsunami-themed café, I'm sure that would go over well.
Jul 19, 2013 4:43PM
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All the WW2 veterans and survivors aren't even dead yet... Now they see youths and controversial folk everywhere are hailing Hitler in public and dressing up like the enemy they used to face in Europe... I hope they don't still carry
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