JTA – Jewish and anti-racist groups in Mexico sounded the alarm after a couple’s Nazi-themed wedding last week.
The wedding of the couple, whose identity has not been revealed other than their names, Fernando and Josefina, took place in Tlaxcala, Mexico, on April 29, the 77th anniversary of the wedding between Adolf Hitler and Eva Brown.
In the wedding photos, the groom is dressed as a Nazi SS officer and the bride is seated in a Volkswagen Beetle painted in a camouflage pattern, belted with a Nazi flag, and sports a fake license plate with the SS logo.
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Fernando, who Mexican media has portrayed as a public official, said the couple chose the Nazi theme to pay homage to Hitler, whom they both revered.
“I understand that for many people Hitler represents genocide, racism and violence. People make judgments without knowing everything, “the groom told Mexican outlet Milenio.
“Hitler was a vegetarian: he saved his country from starvation and returned to his people the lands lost in the First World War. His friends and his family loved him. We were made to believe that Hitler was a racist, but he came to greet Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics. “
The photos were disseminated on social media, resulting in condemnation of local authorities and leaders of the Jewish community.
“Mexican laws prohibit anti-Semitism,” tweeted the National Council for the Prevention of Discrimination, a government group known as CONAPRED. “This is why we denounce this manifestation of intolerance and all forms of discrimination. “
Officials from the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Latin America division initially criticized the government for failing to act faster to condemn the marriage.
Ariel Gelblung, the group’s Latin American director, said in a statement that the marriage was proof that Mexico needed to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism and “make it part of its body of law to prevent such hateful behavior.” .
(Dozens of countries have adopted the IHRA definition, which is controversial because it classifies some critics of Israel as anti-Semitic. These countries still suffer from anti-Semitism.)
Mexican media have added details about the couple, such as their son Reinhard who is named after Reinhard Heydrich, a Nazi general, and their daughter Hanna, in honor of a Hitler pilot, the last person to see him alive.
The couple, who married civilly in 2016 on Hitler and Braun’s wedding anniversary, held a religious ceremony this year, telling Mexican media they were willing to wait another year if they couldn’t organize mass. Catholic on April 29.