Care for Some Hitler With Your Coffee?


Gospic, a Croatian central town, was the subject of controversy as packets of sugar turned up at local cafes bearing an image of Hitler and an anti-semitic joke. According to Republican Riot, the joke translates as follows:

Hitler comes to the Jews and says, “I’ll play you a record!”
Jews: “Which one?”
Hitler: “Concrete!!!”

Get it? Concrete! Get it?

Apparently the joke is less senseless (though perhaps equally unfunny) when you come to realize that in Croatian, the word ‘record’ is translated as ‘ploca’, which is ambiguous between ‘record’ and ‘tablet’, the latter apparently being synonymous with tombstone.

The Weisenthal centre, of course, complained and the relevant politico figures (albeit from organizations you’ve probably never heard of such as the Croatian Helsinki Committee) said familiar politcal type things. Interestingly, however, Žarko Puhovski of the aforementioned committee told B-92 that:

This is not about someone spraying graffiti, this was printed in several thousand copies, for weeks, perhaps months, and no one reacted. Then Novi List journalists reacted. Then there was silence again, and then the Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a statemen

In other words, no one in the relevant areas really gave a fuck either way about sugar packets. Police are investigating and a local company called ‘Pinki’ who are apparently connected to the production of the offensive packets. Company owner Anita Ivanesic refused to comment other than to say that most of the allegations were ‘untrue’.

Eh, whatever. Muffti is pretty sure we have bigger fish to fry than a few offensive packets of sugar. Like freeloading, drunken, kids who lack originality in dress, listen to crap music and ruin Michael and Phoebe’s good times. 🙂 In any case, Muffti is likely to be in Croatia in April and he’ll be sure to investigate, as best he can, the case of the Hitler sugar.

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  1. Jewish Mother

    2/20/2007 at 5:32 pm

    Silly, but propaganda-like, slogans appeared for a while on Equal packets here. I phoned the company, and the sympathetic, equally disgusted operator said it was temporary. I said “I don’t want propaganda with my food!”

    I don’t want propaganda – even propaganda I agree with – on any commercial packaging. It is horribly intrusive. I don’t like it in clothing store windows either, such as the Gap was doing, with their Peace Signs.

    It is so Big Brother. I hope this is not a trend. I would much prefer Christmas carols!

  2. Eran Remez

    2/21/2007 at 12:55 am

    That is just way out of line. Lol. Very Balkan. I’m gonna spend summer there with my family. Would be “sweet” to bring home a souvenir like that.

    Greetings from Denmark btw

  3. yoseph leib

    2/21/2007 at 2:30 am

    as if white sugar wasn’t evil enough already

  4. Psycho

    2/25/2007 at 10:44 pm

    Weird as it gets…

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