MN restaurant angers town by hosting Nazi reenactment party
POSTED: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 1:04pm
(CNN) — A Minneapolis restaurant owner is receiving threatening calls after a questionable party at his establishment.
It all started after pictures of a private World War II themed party went public, and now Mario Pierzchalski is trying to put out a fire.
“It was not a Nazi party. Why bother with that they are scum bags,” Pierzchalski defends.
As he handles one call, others leave threatening messages.
You have no idea what the repercussions are going to be. I have lots of Jewish friends.
These calls started when a former employee snapped photos showing the Nazi flag and men wearing German SS uniforms, symbols representing years of hatred.
The group reserved Gasthof for a private re-enactment party on the MLK holiday.
“They using props, too. They were using flags, uniforms, hats, boots you know. So they not a Nazi organization or white supremacist. They just like history, like the second war history. Like I said they played actors,” Pierzchalski said.
But not everyone sees it that way.
Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council Of Minnesota and the Dakotas, says: “Why anyone would want to emulate or celebrate the German army in the Second World War is sort of a mystery.”
“Look at it this way, too,” Pierzchalski adds, “Look how far Germany has come in the decades since 1945. That's worth celebrating.”
Mario, who moved his family here in 1980 from Poland, hopes the threats are just that.
He says the calls, “scare me.”