Shalom Life | August 23, 2014

Hitler Wine Bottles Infuriate Jewish Tourists

Jewish Americans discovered wine bottles with photos of Hitler in Italy

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: August 9th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

Hitler Wine Bottles Infuriate Jewish Tourists

Michael and Cindy Hirsch, a Jewish American couple recently on vacation in Italy, discovered wine bottles with an image of Hitler while browsing a local supermarket.

According to the Daily Telegraph, several wine bottles featured Hitler. Of the three mentioned in the newspaper, one shows Hitler giving a Nazi salute, a second is labeled 'Mein Kampf', and the third has the slogan "ein volk, ein reich, ein fuhrer" (one people, one empire, one fuhrer).

The Hirsch's were disgusted and shocked by the open anti-Semitic display at the supermarket.

"It is very shocking and startling to us," Michael Hirsch told the Telegraph.

"We would think of it as neo-Nazism. It makes you wonder about the sympathies of the local people."

"He told me, 'It's just history, like Mussolini, like Che Guevara.' I put the bottle down on the counter and left the store," Michael Hirsch said, explaining the shopkeeper's response when asked about the Hitler bottles.

Cindy Hirsch, who lost many family members in the Holocaust, believes this is not just a blatant display of anti-Semitism, but "an affront to humanity as a whole."

According to the Jewish Virtual Library, approximately 29,000 Jews currently live in Italy. In 1952, Italy made it illegal to apologize for fascism. Italian prosecutors are beginning an investigation into the wine bottles.

"I want to reassure our American friends who visit our country that our Constitution and our culture rejects racism, anti-Semitism and Nazi fascism," said Italian integration minister, Andrea Riccardi.

"This offends the memory of millions of people and risks compromising the image of Italy abroad."

In a statement to the Ansa news agency, prosecutor Mario Giulio stated that "the only crime that could be currently attributable to this is that of apologizing for fascism... At this point, though, it would be opportune to invent the crime of human stupidity."

UPDATE 08/10/2012: The wine bottles depicting Hitler's image, discovered by American tourists Michael and Cindy Hirsch, were not in the country of Italy, but from tourist shops in San Marino.

Woody Allen, Jeff Goldblum to Play Café Carlyle’s Fall Season Woody Allen, Jeff Goldblum to Play Café Carlyle’s Fall Season TrendingSarah Jessica Parker Takes On Ice Bucket Challenge In Front of Screaming Fans [VIDEO] Sarah Jessica Parker Takes On Ice Bucket Challenge In Front of Screaming Fans [VIDEO] TrendingGwyneth Paltrow Takes On ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Chris Martin [VIDEO] Gwyneth Paltrow Takes On ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Chris Martin [VIDEO] Trending
 

The Ten Best Jewish Ice Bucket Challenges

August 22, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
The Ten Best Jewish Ice Bucket Challenges

From Drake to Adam Sandler, here are some of the best challenges we've seen that benefit the ALS Foundation

Read More

REVIEW: The LOT’s ‘Little Mermaid Jr’ Is Colourful, Catchy and Captivating

August 22, 2014 | By Ashley Ramnarain
REVIEW: The LOT’s ‘Little Mermaid Jr’ Is Colourful, Catchy and Captivating

The Lower Ossington Theatre's adaptation of Disney's popular 1989 film is a must-see family adventure.

Read More

7,000-Year-Old Metal Object Discovered in Israel

August 22, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
7,000-Year-Old Metal Object Discovered in Israel

The copper owl buried with a woman is the oldest piece of copper ever discovered in the Middle East

Read More

Ontario Students Pass BDS Resolultion

August 22, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Ontario Students Pass BDS Resolultion

The Ontario branch of the Canadian Federation of Students unanimously voted to boycott Israel

Read More

Israelis Turn Bomb Shelter Into Underground Casino

August 22, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Israelis Turn Bomb Shelter Into Underground Casino

Police find casino intact with cannabis plantation and tons of alcohol in Kiryat Gat bomb shelter

Read More

4-Year-Old Israeli Boy Dies in Mortar Attack from Gaza

August 22, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
4-Year-Old Israeli Boy Dies in Mortar Attack from Gaza

First Israeli child fatality brings death toll to 68, the first since Hamas violated ceasefire on Tuesday

Read More

Op-Ed: Losing Patience with Students for Justice in Palestine’s anti-Semitism

August 22, 2014 | By Elliot Hamilton
Op-Ed: Losing Patience with Students for Justice in Palestine’s anti-Semitism

SJP is far from the "social justice" movement it claims to be, as it partakes in some of the worst instances of anti-Semitism on college campuses

Read More

Ashdod Synagogue Hit By Rocket Fire

August 22, 2014 | By Ilanan Curiel
Ashdod Synagogue Hit By Rocket Fire

At least 50 rockets, mortars fired on southern Israel, with one landing near preschool and another striking an Ashdod synagogue, following violent day which saw over 100 rockets launched; IDF hit over 30 Gaza targets in response, two killed

Read More

More Headlines