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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

'Enjoy a long romantic Kristallnacht': Shocking advert by German spa :)

A health spa has offered potential customers the chance to enjoy a ‘long romantic Kristallnacht’ - just days before the 75th anniversary of the Nazi atrocity with the same name.
The astonishing error was made by Kristall Sauna-Wellnesspark in Bad Klosterlausnitz, Germany, in an advert on its website which was accompanied by a photograph of candles.
The spa’s owners have apologised for their ‘insensitive naming of this event’ and admitted it was ‘extremely inappropriate’ - but claimed they often tagged part of their name, Kristall, onto events.

Extraordinary error: The advert on the Kristall Sauna-Wellnesspark website had originally read in full: 'The long romantic Kristall-Nacht: Enjoy the evening hours in romantic candle light and relax'
Extraordinary error: The advert on the Kristall Sauna-Wellnesspark website had originally read in full: 'The long romantic Kristall-Nacht: Enjoy the evening hours in romantic candle light and relax'

Apology: The shocking mistake was made by Kristall Sauna-Wellnesspark in Bad Klosterlausnitz, Germany
Apology: The shocking mistake was made by Kristall Sauna-Wellnesspark in Bad Klosterlausnitz, Germany

‘We are extraordinarily regretful and of course this was unintentional - believe us, we are quite ashamed about our mistake,’ a statement by the owners said, according to The Times of Israel.
The name of the promotion has been since changed by spa bosses to: ‘The long romantic night’.
According to The Jerusalem Post, the advert on the website had originally read in full: ‘The long romantic Kristall-Nacht: Enjoy the evening hours in romantic candle light and relax.’
An employee at the spa told the newspaper the advert was a ‘misunderstanding and refers to the name of the firm’ and that officials had ‘apologised for the mistake and there was nothing political’.
Kristallnacht, the 'night of broken glass', was when the Nazis coordinated a wave of attacks in 1938 in Germany and Austria - burning synagogues, ransacking homes and looting Jewish-owned stores.
Sorry: The spa's owners have apologised for their 'insensitive naming of this event' and admitted it was 'extremely inappropriate', but claimed they often tagged part of their name, Kristall, onto events
Sorry: The spa's owners have apologised for their 'insensitive naming of this event' and admitted it was 'extremely inappropriate', but claimed they often tagged part of their name, Kristall, onto events
In November 1938, a youth with a broom prepares to clear up the broken window glass from a Jewish shop in Berlin, the day after Kristallnacht
In this November 1938 file photo, firefighters walk next to the Fasanenstrasse synagogue, Berlin's biggest house of Jewish worship, after Nazis set fire to it
Kristallnacht: In November 1938, a youth prepares to sweep up the broken glass from a Jewish shop in Berlin (left), and firefighters walk next to the Fasanenstrasse synagogue (right) in Berlin after Nazis set fire to it


Remembrance events on November 9 will mark the 75th anniversary of the riots - given the name Kristallnacht because of all the broken windows of synagogues and Jewish-owned buildings.
At least 91 Jews were killed, 267 synagogues were burned or destroyed and 7,500 Jewish businesses were vandalised or looted, according to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
It comes as Conservative MP Fiona Bruce said Christian persecution in the Middle East should provoke the same outrage as the Nazis' treatment of Jews during the Second World War.
She told MPs that Christianity is the most persecuted faith in the world and the issues should result in people crying out with the same abhorrence and horror as for atrocities such as Kristallnacht.

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