Outrage over Taiwan's 'Nazi theme' restaurant

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A new restaurant in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei,themed on famous prisons and featuring artefacts from, and pictures of, the Nazi death camps, has outraged Jewish and German groups.

A new restaurant in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei,themed on famous prisons and featuring artefacts from, and pictures of, the Nazi death camps, has outraged Jewish and German groups.

Patrons of "Jail" can order stir fried clams and other local delicacies while the emaciated faces of Jews incarcerated in Auschwitz, Dachau and other concentration camps stare out from black and white framed photographs on the walls. A huge wooden sign over the door leading to the toilets is carved with the words "Gas chamber".

As if to ram home the point, a huge gas cylinder dating from the period is displayed prominently near by. The 192-seat restaurant is not entirely dedicated to the Holocaust but this is not the first time a Taiwanese venture has chosen to exploit Germany's Nazi past.Last year a company importing German-made electric heaters caused an outcry when its advertisements depicting cartoon pictures of Hitler appeared on billboards around Taipei.

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