Nightclub bosses in Poland have been busted for using pictures of Adolf Hitler to promote their bar. Sklot rock club in Warsaw doctored a picture of the Nazi leader wearing sunglasses above a Third Reich eagle for posters plugging the club’s party nights.
Now the owners are facing two years in prison for promoting fascism, strictly illegal in Poland which was occupied by German troops in World War II.
“The content of this poster which uses images to promote fascism is a crime,” said Renata Mazur from Warsaw’s prosecutor’s office.
But club bosses say the row has been blown out of all proportion.
“The idea is that Hitler isn’t happy with the condition of Warsaw clubs so he plans to invade and make them better,” said club spokesman Kalina Koslinska. “It’s just a bit of fun.”
Reade Michal adds. "it actually goes deeper than that - the whole idea was related to one of dozens of 'Untergang' spoofs that can be found on youtube, in which Hitler complains about the state of clubs in Warsaw. the spoof quickly grew to a near-cult status among the polish college students and the poster used a quotation from that very spoof (it was directed at students, as they comprise the majority of the club's patrons)"