|Wiesenthal Centre to President of Kazakhstan: "Star House Nationalist Magazine Extolling Adolf Hitler Violates Membership Responsibilities to OSCE"|
SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTRE - EUROPE
Tel. +33-147237637 - Fax: +33-147208401
Paris, 18 April 2014
In a letter to the President Noursultan Nazarbayev the Simon
Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon
Samuels, protested "Kazakh
nationalist magazine, 'Star House', that evokes Nazi symbols and extols Adolf
Hitler, that threatens the country's good name."
Samuels commended, "Kazakhstan's policy and success in
containing Jihadi/Islamist infiltration" and noted that the
country "had provided refuge to many Jews fleeing the Nazi invasion of the
Soviet Union in World War Two and only last year, a Kazakh man was killed by
neo-Nazis at a Bavarian folk festival in Germany."
The letter emphasized, "The offensive magazine is
dedicated totally to Hitler's so-called 'positive contribution' to history,
which would perversely include the Holocaust.
This is a publication that violates Kazakhstan's obligations as a State
Party member of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe
Samuels stressed, "Your Public Prosecutor and other
official authorities have ignored domestic protests."
The Centre urged the President to, "Take immediate measures against Star House
and its publishers and contributors."
"Silence in the face of this Nazi incitement will be
perceived as an official endorsement of their views," concluded Samuels.
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