A Minneapolis restaurant has come under fire for an event they held which featured Nazi memorabilia. Pictures were taken of patrons at the event wearing SS uniforms with swastika flags in the background and then featured in the local newspaper. This garnered outrage from many residents, but the restaurant is not apologizing.
Gasthof Zur Gemütlichkeit Restaurant maintains that the dinner party was for a German historical re-enactment group who only dons the uniforms as symbols of history, not because they sympathize with Hitler. In fact, all members of the group undergo a mandatory background check before they are allowed to join to ensure that they are not neo-Nazis or racists.
One member of the group explained:
“All of the German [re-enactment] groups in Minnesota have a Christmas party because we don’t typically have events going on in the winter. It’s just like any club that has a party. Because they dress up like Germans from World War II, it’s cool to go to a German restaurant, eat German food, and drink German beer. If you wear a German uniform or a Nazi uniform, it’s not like you’re saying, ‘I think Hitler was super cool’ or ‘I hate Jews’ or ‘I hate gays’ or ‘I hate democrats’. You’re not there because you believe in what Hitler stood for — you’re there to educate people about history, and a lot of that is so people don’t forget. It’s the same as wanting to be the bad guy when you’re playing cowboys and Indians. There’s an attraction to the bad side.”
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H/T: Tell Me Now