NONTHABURI – A hotel in Nonthaburi just northeast of Bangkok has removed an Adolf Hitler mural in one of its themed rooms Saturday after news of it went viral the past week and sparked outrage from Jewish groups worldwide.
The Love Villa Hotel in Nonthaburi city has since removed the mural in one of its rooms after word spread about the offensive decor via local press.
According to Coconuts, the 40-room love hotel opened around two years ago. When asked about the room’s theme and design, the receptionist told Coconuts, “It’s just a theme room, it had no inspiration. The designer just keeps changing the rooms to keep it fresh.”
“This is truly awful,” Efraim Zuroff, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was quoted as saying by JTA (via The Times of Israel). “It’s horrendous, absolutely disgusting. It shows a complete lack of knowledge and education about Hitler, the harm he caused and the horrifying crimes that he committed in World War II.”
An employee at the hotel, who refused to give their name, said the hotel had been open for five years under its manager Sittichai Suproongreung.
The employee said they spotted a couple of farang men going to inspect the room Wednesday. Soon after, district administration officials and soldiers arrived at the hotel and asked that the image be removed, he added.
This isn’t the first time Nazi images have caused controversy in Thailand.
By Khoasod, Bangkok Coconuts