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Thai university apologizes for mural of Hitler among superheroes

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Bangkok’s prestigious Chulalongkorn University has apologized for a student mural depicting Adolf Hitler among a group of superheroes.

In a letter sent today to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which had complained about the banner, the Thai school said the administrators and students “deeply regret the appearance of this deeply offensive mural.” The university found that the students who created the image were “unaware of its significance” and have been given a verbal warning.

The enormous graduation banner, hung outside the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts building, bore the word “Congratulations” above images of Superman, Batman, the Incredible Hulk and other heroes, and included Hitler in the background giving the Nazi salute.

“Hitler as a superhero?” Rabbi Abraham Cooper said Friday in a statement posted on the Simon Wiesenthal Center website. “Is he an appropriate role model for Thailand’s younger generation— a genocidal hate monger who mass murdered Jews and Gypsies and who considered people of color as racially inferior? The Simon Wiesenthal Center is outraged and disgusted by this public display at Thailand’s leading school of higher education.”

But speaking to the Bangkok Post, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts Dean Supakorn Dispan cautioned that the artists involved are first-year students who had only been at the university for a few months: “The students only wanted to show through the mural that different superheroes are there to protect the world and that there are both good and evil people.”

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I think the girl posing in front of Hitler giving the “Heil Hitler” salute is actually confusing Hitler with Ultraman…

Rollo Tomassi

July 15, 2013 at 9:04 am

What hero is perched over Superman’s shoulder? The little albino monkey?

More than likely they had no idea who Hitler even was, you would be really surprised on how many other nations are completely ignorant of world history.

I’m ashamed of this, being a Thai National. The Lack of Historical Knowledge(both our own and international) and social awareness are wide spread among younger Thais.

They’re probably not aware of the implication, but it’s no excuse.

This is less a bad on the studrnts and more a shame on the educational system.

“Students” Mis-typed

I could be wrong, but I suspect this may be a sly commentary on the whole _Western_ super-hero mythos. Notice how they’re all white?

The Hulk is white? I always thought he was green… or grey.

(Or red or blue, but let’s not get Loeb with it.)

@Scott don’t read too much into it. This isn’t new to Thailand, there is a whole “Nazi-Chic” amongst the youth of Thailand because they are not taught much about WWII.

Johnny_Thunders

July 16, 2013 at 10:06 am

Holy Ignorance, Batman!

Why is Jon Stewart as Superman?

Did anyone else find it funny that the rabbi’s quotes were all questions?
So what if maybe I read that in the voice of Krusty the Clown’s dad? I can’t find that funny?

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