A newly opened — and now-closed — bar in Japan came under fire this week for having adopted a Nazi decor motif, emblazoned with swastikas and other SS insignia.
The Unfair Club in Osaka allegedly featured bar staff dressed in a Nazi officer’s uniform, while serving bottles of champagne with swastikas on the label, during its grand opening last Sunday.
But less than a week later, its doors have reportedly been shuttered, the Jerusalem Post wrote on Thursday.
Jewish advocates, including the UK’s Campaign Against Antisemitism, have publicly decried the “disgusting” establishment after promotional materials were shared on social media.
“This is what the inside of the Nazi host club looks like. Ignorance and stupidity at its finest,” said Japanese documentarian Miki Dezaki on Oct. 10 — one of the first to call out the bar on Twitter.
Los Angeles-based Jewish human rights organization the Simon Wiesenthal Center echoed its peers. “Japanese women are supposed to be attracted to men dressed up as SS Nazi murderers?” the group questioned in a tweeted statement. “Vile desecration of the memory of 6 million Jews, Anne Frank victims of Nazi Holocaust. Where is Japanese outrage?”
A spokesperson for the club apologized on social media following backlash, citing their ignorance of the history, according to the Jerusalem Post.