(MADRID) — Israel’s ambassador to Spain has denounced a Carnival parade routine in a small city that featured women and men dressed up like Jewish Holocaust victims and Nazi troopers.
Rodica Radian-Gordon mentioned in a tweet Wednesday that the efficiency was “a detestable banalization of the Holocaust,” an “affront to the victims” and “an insupportable manifestation of anti-Semitism.”
The offensive costumes have been worn Monday at a Carnival in Campo de Criptana, a central Spanish city of 13,000. A number of girls wore costumes depicting focus camp victims carrying Israeli flags and males carrying replicas of the uniforms of SS officers from the German military. They paraded and danced to loud dance music emitted from a float that carried two towers that resembled smokestacks.
Spain’s minister of international affairs, Arancha González Laya, additionally mentioned on Twitter that she was “horrified by the efficiency.” After contacting the organizers, she mentioned they’ve apologized to the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain.
The troupe, referred to as Asociación Cultural El Chaparral, has apologized and mentioned it received’t be repeating its efficiency. It mentioned in a press release that it had didn’t ship “the message of consciousness and respect that we had wished to transmit.”
The parade was a part of yearly Carnival celebrations round Spain. Cultural, civic and college teams typically make selfmade costumes and devise theme-based routines as a part of native festivities.
Earlier this week, a Carnival in Belgium confronted criticism after stereotypical depictions of Jews for the second 12 months in a row.