Kazakhstan slammed for Hitler-commemorating magazine
Simon Wiesenthal Center protests to President Noursultan Nazarbayev over April issue of the nationalist 'Star House' publication.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center wrote a letter over the weekend to Kazakhstan's president protesting a commemoration of Adolf Hitler on the cover of a nationalist magazine.
The April 'Star House' issue "is dedicated totally to Hitler's so-called 'positive contribution' to history, which would perversely include the Holocaust," wrote the Center's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels.
He added that the publication "threatens the country's good name."
""Silence in the face of this Nazi incitement will be perceived as an official endorsement of their views," the letter, addressed to President Noursultan Nazarbayev, also states, while emphasizing Kazakhstan's history of sheltering Jews who fled the Nazis and its "policy and success in containing Jihadi/Islamist infiltration."
Kazakhstan has for over two decades been ruled with a firm hand by Nazarbayev, a 73-year-old former Communist party boss who has given no clear indication about his plans for a successor.