ADL welcomes decision to remove Turkish Hitler ad

March 28, 2012 16:52

The Anti-Defamation League commended the Turkish government and Jewish community Wednesday for successfully convincing a Turkish advertising company to remove a shampoo advertisement featuring Adolf Hitler as its spokesperson.

“The government of Turkey and the Turkish public should be commended for recognizing the inappropriateness of this commercial and for speaking out and putting pressure on those responsible to retract it," the national director of the Jewish activist group, Abraham H. Foxman, said via a written statement.

"As we move further away in time from the events of the Holocaust, it is essential that good people stand up to protect the memory of the six million Jews and millions of others who perished as a result of Hitler’s genocidal actions," Foxman said.

The ad, created for Biomen shampoo in Turkey, featured archival footage of the German dictator in a heated speech, waving his arms angrily while he urged men to buy the product.

It sparked a national campaign by the Turkish Jewish community, which rallied Turkish media over the issue, eventually convincing the company to pull the advertisement.

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