New Zealand: Students disciplined for dressing as Nazis

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October 12, 2009 09:54


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New Zealand students who dressed as Nazis for an Oktoberfest party were punished by a university disciplinary committee. The Lincoln University students on Friday were slapped with a $150 fine, ordered to visit the Holocaust museum in Wellington and required to submit an essay on a relevant topic, the New Zealand Press Association reported. The university's disciplinary committee also ruled Friday that the two students whose costumes were the most offensive be forced to do 150 hours of community service. Also on Friday, a Norwegian-born taxi driver in New Zealand who lost his job for refusing the wear a black-shirted uniform because it reminded him of the Nazis was denied compensation from authorities. Harald Kleiven, 70, said the black shirts reminded him of the "wickedness perpetrated by agents of the Nazi Reich throughout continental Europe," according to NZPA. Kleiven, who lives in the town of Nelson on the South Island, said his father fought in the resistance in Norway when it was occupied by the Nazis between 1940 and 1945.

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