Thai school's Nazi-themed parade sparks outrage

Story highlights

  • Jewish human rights organization condemns school's Nazi-themed parade
  • Images show participating students wearing Nazi uniforms, giving Nazi salute
  • Simon Wiesenthal Center called for Thai Christian leaders to condemn the event
  • On school's website, its director expressed sincere and deep regret over the incident
A Jewish human rights organization on Monday called for Thailand's Christian leaders to condemn a parade at the Sacred Heart School in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in which participating students wearing Nazi uniforms performed "Sieg Heil" salutes.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization based in Los Angeles, denounced the event, saying it was "glorifying Nazis."
Photographs of the parade show participants carrying a Swastika flag, performing Nazi salutes and wearing SS uniforms, while others dressed as Adolf Hitler complete with toothbrush moustache.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said the images made it clear that the event could not have taken place without the knowledge and cooperation of the school administration.