Nazi-themed Cafe Reopens in Indonesia

Swastikas and Hitler painting on display at reopening of 'The Soldier's Cafe.'

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A customer at SoldatenKaffee wearing WWII-motif military uniform bearing a Nazi's swastika insignia, June 21, 2014.
A customer at SoldatenKaffee wearing WWII-motif military uniform bearing a Nazi's swastika insignia, June 21, 2014.Credit: AFP
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A Nazi-themed café in central Indonesia that was closed last year after sparking outrage both locally and abroad reopened Saturday, AFP reported

Nazi symbols and three iron eagles bearing swastikas were on display at the café's opening on Saturday, the report said. The owner, Henry Mulyana, said last year that he was considering all options but added that he would not reopen the café.

In addition to a painting of Adolf Hitler, images of Winston Churchill and Hosef Stalin were displayed in the café, in an apparent effort to broaden its theme, the report said.

Indonesian customers were seen wearing World War II-themed uniforms, one of them bearing a Nazi swastika insignia.

Mulyana insisted last year that he was not pro-Nazi, but that he was instead using the decorations to attract customers.

Located in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung, the SoldatenKaffee, or "The Soldiers' Café," opened in 2011, but media reports about its Nazi-related memorabilia, including a portrait of Adolf Hitler and a flag with a swastika symbol, have prompted angry responses from foreigners and Indonesians.

City officials had also expressed concerns about the cafe's motives and were worried it might incite hate and racism in the town, which is a tourist destination.

With reporting by The Associated Press.

A Nazi swastika insignia on the floor decorates the reopened SoldatenKaffee in Indonesia, June 21, 2014.Credit: AFP

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