Some things should be obvious without explanation: Don’t try to stab police over a goldfish. Don’t put your penis in a wrench. Don’t compare Africans to monkeys. Don’t sell Nazi memorabilia.
But, the owner of one store in Taiwan apparently didn’t think there was anything wrong with that last one. On Friday, a Facebook user named Ted Pillar posted a photo he had taken of a display at the shop. The display included various flags of the world. Right between Canada’s maple leaf flag and the stars and stripes of the US was the Nazi flag — listed as the flag of Germany (just a bit farther down you can also see Japan’s imperial flag on display).
“How can you have such a lack of international values to sell a thing like that?” Pillar wondered aloud on a Facebook forum about northwest Taiwan’s Hsinchu County.
The photo went viral, eventually reaching the Israel Economic and Culture Office in Taipei who demanded that the swastika stickers be removed from the store.
Afterward, the manager of the shop apologized for selling the stickers in an interview with Taiwan’s Central News Agency, admitting that he did a poor job of keeping track of the items that he sold.
Meanwhile, Israeli representative Asher Yarden added that he hoped authorities in Taiwan would take the opportunity to better educate people about the evils of Naziism.
Over the years, there has been a troubling number of Nazi-related scandals in Taiwan. Most infamously, last December, at least two dozen students at a Hsinchu high school dressed up as Nazis for their school’s annual Christmas parade, shouting “Sieg Heil” at one student saluting inside a cardboard tank.
Also, back in 2014, an Italian restaurant in New Taipei City apologized after complaints began rolling in over a new pasta dish featured on its menu called “Long Live the Nazis.”
By Máté Mohos
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