Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Luft-wafer: Ice cream cone named after Adolf Hitler on sale in India sparks anger in Germany

Adolf Hitler is not generally condemned in Asia.  In much of Asia he is admired as a strong leader

Even for the most dedicated of ice cream lovers this sweet treat may prove a little hard to swallow.  Unbelievably a brand of ice cream cone is readily available in India which is named after Hitler.

It’s difficult to fathom what the Nazi leader may have in common with the crunchy snack, but Hitler’s name is splashed across boxes of the tasteless delicacy which is hawked across the country.

Meanwhile the cold eyes of the killer stare out at ice cream customers from the side of the packaging.

In some instances he appears in cartoon form in a Swastika-shaped top hat with a jaunty red bowtie, which is somewhat at odds with his furious expression.

Other more sombre packages depict him in full military regalia with almost photographic realism, looking very out of place next to an ice cream that's almost as big as he is.

A lack of Holocaust education in India means that people on the sub-continent know little about the Nazi leader, and consequently Hitler-themed pubs and restaurants are not viewed with outrage.

News of the Hitler ice cream cones provoked a furious response on websites calling for the brand to be withdrawn.  One spectator in Berlin, said: ‘There is taste and there is tastelessness. The people of India should be made aware of the terrible crimes committed by him.’

German newspaper Bild labelled the ice cream cones a ‘macabre publicity stunt’, while several Twitter users branded them ‘tasteless!’



Anonymous said...

There is a great amount of ignorance of historical activities in all parts of the World. Apparently, many people do not know anything about what happened before they were old enough to be aware.

Anonymous said...

Yet, funny enough, there is a Mongolian stir-fry restaurant chain called Genghis Grill, named after another of history's greatest murderers. Hitler ice cream is weird and tasteless, but only because Hitler is still very much in living memory. Wait long enough, and he'll become as easily commercialized as Genghis Khan.

Anonymous said...

Germans have long buried their collective heads in the sand when anyone says anything about Nazis. However, I LOL every time I see "Luft-wafer".