Chicago Residents Hold Birthday Party For Hitler
Is this really 2011? According to the Chicago Tribune, swastika banners and cakes reading “Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler” and “The South Was Right, White Men Fight” adorned P.J. Klem’s Restaurant & Banquet in Lyons, Illinois this past Saturday night as a group of 60 people celebrated the “122nd anniversary of Hitler’s birth” and “the April 12, 1861, start of the Civil War.”
The restaurant’s owner claims he wasn’t aware of the theme of the party when he rented the space to the “America First Committee,” even though he’s reportedly done so in previous years. The Huffington Post reports that during the event, a man with a backpack entered the banquet hall and ordered a grilled cheese sandwich before heading to the bathroom to set off a smoke bomb, perhaps in protest (he eluded police and isn’t in custody).
Today marks Adolf Hitler’s birthday, a man most remembered for his central leadership role in the rise of fascism in Europe, World War II and The Holocaust, the period between 1939 and 1945 where Hitler’s paramilitary organization the SS (assisted by collaborationist governments and recruits from occupied countries) systematically killed somewhere between 11 and 14 million people, including about six million Jews.