Monday, September 21, 2009
New Zealand's Lincoln University Grovels Apology For Student Oktoberfest Party Where Jewish Students Dressed Up As "Nazis" And "Camp Inmates"
Apparently, there's not only just one official version of the Holocaust, but there's also only one officially authorized way to commemorate it. Any departure from orthodoxy, no matter how slight or trivial, is viewed as heresy, warranting weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth from Organized Jewry.
Media sources for this post include Stuff.co.nz, the New Zealand Herald, and 3NewsNZ. Discussion thread on Stormfront Downunder.
At Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand, a number of students decided to celebrate Oktoberfest on Friday September 18th, 2009. But some of the students, obviously as a joke, dressed up as Nazis and concentration camp inmates. According to one witness who professed outrage, some students wore Nazi Party apparel with slogans like "Sieg Heil!" and "Hitler's my boi" and made light of the Holocaust. One guest was seen wearing a white top emblazoned with swastikas. The offended student said partygoers "were heiling to Hitler and making tasteless jokes about one of the darkest periods of human history". Oy, vey!
Once the media got hold of the story, Lincoln University's vice-chancellor Roger Field apologised for the students' actions and said an investigation was under way, vowing that "appropriate action" would be taken under the university's student regulations. Lincoln University Students' Association (LUSA) president Megan Harte responded by admitting that some students had misinterpreted the theme of the event.
"It wasn't a Holocaust party, it wasn't a neo-Nazi party at all, it was an Oktoberfest party and some student misinterpreted that theme to mean they could dress in this way, which is questionable," said Harte.
But Harte also said that LUSA would definitely provide advocacy for the students involved if the university took disciplinary action. It's unclear what is precisely meant by "advocacy", but the name of the association implies they would attempt to defend the students against unreasonable disciplinary action.
Naturally, one of the local Top Jews was conveniently found to provide reaction. New Zealand Jewish Council president Stephen Goodman said cases of the Holocaust being trivialised were disappointing. "It is not the first time and I doubt it will be the last either. In most of the cases we've found in New Zealand, it's generally through a degree of ignorance that this sort of behaviour eventuates. It is not through malicious intent," said Goodman.
The Apartheid New Zealand blog claims the students who dressed up as "Nazis" and "camp" inmates are themselves Jewish, based upon information received from a Jewish student who was present. That might explain why the guy's face in the photo above was deliberately obscured; if it was an actual White man, his face would not have been obscured. None of the three media sources listed earlier in this post revealed this information.