Argentina Restaurant Faces Backlash For Holocaust-Themed Menu
A restaurant called the Honky Donky in Rafaela, Argentina, isn’t helping the reputation of the South American state, which long served as a safe haven for Nazi Germans.
Guests can order “Adolf fries,” which appropriately come with decidedly non-kosher bacon, and a 3.5-ounce “Ana Frank burger,” which for $11 is accompanied by lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayonnaise, according to the New York Post.
Dishes included “Adolf fries” — fried potatoes doused in bacon and cheddar — and an “Ana Frank burger,” which entailed 3.5 ounces of ground beef with lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayonnaise for around $11.
Frank was a Jewish teenager who famously hid out from the Nazis during their occupation of the Netherlands in 1942 — a harrowing saga that she chronicled in her now-iconic eponymous diary.
“It’s unclear why Honky Donky, which also featured menu items named Benito, after Benito Mussolini, and ‘Gengis,’ after Genghis Khan, decided to roll out Holocaust-themed noshes,” said the Post.
The local Jewish community expressed its “deepest rejection and indignation,” and threatened to sue the establishment.
The restaurant apologized on social media, scrapped the Hitler fries and renamed the burger after the executed English queen Anne Boleyn.
“The restaurant also pledged to roll out dishes based on more inspiring and heroic historical figures such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela, among others,” the Post reported.
After World War II, Argentina provided refuge for Nazis fleeing justice. Israeli Mossad agents captured Nazi Party officer Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960 before bringing him to Jerusalem for trial, where he was ultimately hanged.
“SS Lieutenant-Colonel Adolf Eichmann was Chief of the Jewish Office of the Gestapo during World War II and implemented the Final Solution which aimed at the total extermination of European Jewry, Adolf Eichmann was born in Solingen, Germany, on March 19, 1906,” said the Jewish Virtual Library
Argentina restaurant scrapped ‘Ana Frank burger,’ ‘Adolf fries’ from menu. The local Jewish community, which expressed “deepest rejection and indignation,” is threatening to sue.
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