A second carnival in Spain has referenced the Holocaust with Nazi and concentration camp prisoner uniform costumes.
The Holocaust-themed display event in the city of Badajoz occurred amid debate on the appropriateness of festive parades apparently making light of the murder of millions of Jews, Roma and others by the Nazi regime.
Though the Badajoz procession prompted less criticism than other events, it went further in equating Nazis and their victims. The show included a banner emblazoned with a swastika locked inside a Star of David. There were flags bearing only the swastika and other flags with the German-language word for Jew appearing inside a Star of David.
Dozens of the display’s participants danced ecstatically as they waved those symbols and others to the rhythm of the sound of a train gaining speed as onlookers cheered and applauded them. Behind them, men in prisoner uniforms pushed a float shaped like a giant train with musicians.
The group that put on the show, Los Mismos — Spanish for “the same ones” — is one of Badajoz’s most popular one and specialises in “amusing juxtapositions”. Their previous acts included space monkeys and astronauts and pirates who were also colonial discoverers.
Some of the Badajoz show’s participants were dressed in costumes with blue and white vertical stripes, evoking the uniform of Nazi concentration camp prisoners, with a Star of David emblazoned on the backside.
Others had costumes with only the left side referencing those uniforms and the right side resembling a Nazi uniform, including a swastika armband. On the Nazi side, the participants also wore painted moustaches resembling Adolf Hitler’s signature facial hair. Some participants also wore blue contact lenses on the eye of the Nazi side.
A commentator for the Extremadura Canal channel said during her comments about the display that it showed that organisers “clearly exercised all the necessary sensitivity that goes with this theme.” They told her that the theme was selected to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi death camps.