Thai school apologizes to Jewish organization for Nazi celebration

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October 17, 2007 14:30

 
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A Thai school has apologized to an international Jewish human rights organization for its sponsorship of a celebration that involved a Nazi-themed parade, according to an announcement received Wednesday. The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center said in a press release that a group of students at Thewphaingarm School in Bangkok chose to dress as Nazis on sports day, an annual event held in September that divides students into teams. Photos from the event showed about 200 students - between the ages of 6 and 18 - dressed in red outfits with swastikas on their baseball caps behind a large sign with "NAZI" in shoulder-high letters. Some students at the school - which also offers an English-language curriculum - wore elaborately stylized stormtrooper uniforms, carried fake rifles or performed the "sieg heil" salute.

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