Holiday Inn, Hilton hotels allegedly caught selling anti-Semitic items in Moscow
One of the offending items is a set of Russian nesting dolls painted with stereotypes of orthodox Jews
Russian nesting dolls painted with anti-Semitic stereotypes of Jews found in a Moscow hotel gift shop.. (photo credit:SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTRE)
Legal action is being urged after a number of Moscow hotels, namely Holiday Inn and Hilton, were allegedly caught selling anti-Semitic and Nazi-themed items in its gift shop.
In a letter to Russian Prosecutor-General Yuri Yakovlev Chaika, the Simon Wiesenthal Center urged legal action to be taken against the items’ producers and distributors.
Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a federal law banning Nazi imagery.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, was the one who spotted the shocking items while in Moscow for a conference celebrating the end of the Second World War, called ‘The Lessons of Victory in the Second World War/The Great Patriotic War – Seventy Years Later.’ The letter notes that the items are targeted to tourists and some even cost 27,000 rubles ($590 or NIS 2,317).
One of the items he saw for sale was a Russian nesting “matryoshka” doll, painted with anti-Semitic stereotypes of orthodox Jews with big noses and peyot.
The shock continued as he and colleagues also saw a chess set featuring Nazi Whermacht army figurines led by an Adolph Hiler figurine pitted against Red Army figurines led by a Joseph Stalin figurine.
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