Israeli criticises 'Nazi prince' for trivialising era

13th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

13 January 2005 , JERUSALEM - Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom criticised British Prince Harry on Thursday for wearing a Nazi costume to a fancy dress party.

13 January 2005

JERUSALEM - Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom criticised British Prince Harry on Thursday for wearing a Nazi costume to a fancy dress party.

A picture of the British Queen's grandson in the desert uniform of General Erwin Rommel's German Afrika Korps, adorned with a swastika armband and a badge of the German Wehrmacht on its collar, was splashed on the front page of the mass circulation Sun newspaper on Thursday.

Its headline read: "Harry the Nazi."

Wearing the costume and making a joke out of it made the "period not seem as terrible as it actually was", Shalom told Israel Radio.

Israeli President Moshe Katsav, when shown an illustrated press report of the incident, reacted with an involuntary "Oy", the Jerusalem Post reported.

Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne, has caused outrage by wearing a Nazi uniform complete with swastika armband and Wehrmacht badge to a fancy dress party.

The prince, 20, on Thursday faced calls for a personal and public apology for his "misjudgement."

Jewish organisations called on Harry, the younger son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, to accompany the British delegation on 27 January to the Auschwitz death camp to commemorate 60 years since its liberation.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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