Thursday, 7 June 2012

Euro 2012 fans urged to boycott "anti-Semitic" restaurant

A Jewish non-governmental organization Thursday urged Euro 2012 fans not to visit a restaurant in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, accused of running an "anti-Semitic" theme.
Diners "At the Golden Rose" tavern in the city centre are treated to Klezmer music, given black hats with black sidelocks to wear and are told to haggle over the price of their food.
The small number of Jews left in Lviv have called it an outrage and a mockery, especially since the city's once proud and vibrant Jewish community was virtually wiped out in the Holocaust.
The eatery is part of a chain of restaurants with gimmicky historical themes, whose owners have said they want to give a feel of Jewish life before World War II.
Efraim Zuroff, of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, which strives to bring ex-Nazis to justice and raise Holocaust awareness, said haggling Jews were a "notorious" Eastern European anti-Semitic stereotype.
He also called for a boycott of "Kryvika," another restaurant in the chain.
Designed as a bunker and translated as "hide-out," it pays tribute to Ukrainian nationalist forces, "who collaborated with the Nazis and whose supporters participated in the mass murder of local Jews in 1941."
By visiting these restaurants, football fans would unwittingly support far-right views and "insult" the memory of tens of thousands of Holocaust victims from Lviv, murdered by the Nazis and their Ukrainian collaborators, he said in a statement.
Lviv hosts three Euro 2012 Group B games. dpa ok bag Author: Ofira Koopmans


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