An Italian restaurant in Taiwan, which named two of its sausage-filled dishes “Long Live the Nazis,” has apologized after it was bombarded by complaints.
Tsao Ya-sin, the 24-year-old manager of the Rockmill restaurant in Banciao, New Taipei City, said that she was sorry for her lack of sensitivity when naming the pizza and spaghetti meals that contained German sausages.
Tsao said that she had chosen the name to “help customers.”
“When we were deciding on a name for this pasta dish, it never occurred to us that the word Nazi would stir up such controversy,” Tsao told the Wall Street Journal.
Tsao said that in the one year that Rockmill’s had been selling the dish, it had proven to be one of its most popular dishes. Rockmill recently came under fire when a local TV station featured a story about its offensive dish titles.
Both the Israeli and German representative officers in Taiwan told the European Pressphoto Agency that they were shocked by the name of the dish and said that it showed a lack of understanding about history and the Nazis’ slaughter of Jews. After the uproar, Tsao said that she planned to rename her meals “World Champion” as soon as possible.
Rockmill’s mistake comes after a restaurant in Teipei displayed photographs of Nazi concentration camps on its walls in 2000. According to the Tapei Times, its owner took down the images and said that he did not know that the images were offensive.
This article was written by Jspace contributor Shira Kipnees.