The Holocaust (1934-1945)

Nazi imagery from Taiwan stems from ignorance, not hate, analysts say

Nazi imagery from Taiwan stems from ignorance, not hate, analysts say

This was just the latest flap: A group of students from a private high school in Taiwan held a mock Nazi rally just before Christmas with a cardboard tank, lookalike uniforms and swastikas.

The bizarre display of Nazi costumery had antecedents. In 2000, a Taipei restaurateur opened a concentration camp-themed diner. The following year, a major political party changed a campaign ad that mentioned Hitler.

Every couple of years, Taiwan catches the West off guard with a display of Nazism used for play, humor or commerce. Jewish rights groups and the Israeli government usually condemn the acts, prompting the perpetrators to stand down.

At Hsinchu Kuang Fu Senior High School...

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