"Hitlers Cross Cafe" a Eatery Dedicated to Adolf Hitler in Mumbai

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Hitler is a reviled character in the West, but in India many feel he hastened Indian independence. Many Indians admire hitler and this found expression in a cafe in Mumbai called "Hitler's Cross Cafe"

Opening of the Hitler's Cafe

.Sometime back in the suburb of Kharghar in New Bombay a restaurant opened with the theme of Hitler. Called “Hitler’s Cross Café”, the restaurant flaunted Nazi and Hitler memorabilia on its walls and entrance. Many Indian liked the idea of the café and soon the café became very popular. The glorified the swastika and the Cross of Honor of the German Mother. As is well known these are symbols of the Nazi regime.

Incidentally the swastika is also an ancient Hindu symbol and that is perhaps one reason that the swastika is respected in India

Internal decor

The restaurant’s interior was decorated in red, white and black which are again colors of the Nazi party. An enormous portrait of Hitler was prepared and installed. It was the first thing visitors saw when they opened the door. Inside the restaurant photographs of Nazi parades and Nazi rallies were tastefully placed to create a special aura. The restaurant was fully air conditioned and was a place where the young could relax. No alcohol was however served.

Menu

Menu

The restaurant served only continental menu as the owner Mr. Punit Sablok probably felt that Indian food would not go down well with the theme of the restaurant. Punit clarified that he was not aware of the holocaust and all he wanted was to launch an eatery that would have a distinction of its own. He thus launched the Hitler Cross Café and served Pizza and other Continental dishes.

The Reason for Hitler’s Cross café



Firstly we must remember that Holocaust education is not much known in India as it is in Europe and the United States. Also the swastika is an ancient Hindu symbol and it’s supposed to bring good luck. In addition Hitler memorabilia has a curious popularity among the country’s young people who are drawn to his commanding personality rather than his war crimes. In addition the adage my enemy’s enemy is my friend held true and most Indians felt and even now feel that Hitler was a good thing.
One cannot forget that the great Indian wartime leader Subhas Bose specially met and joined Hitler with a plan to liberate India. Photo shows Bose with Hitler

Last Word

Israel and the Jewish caucus in the USA upped the ante and brought diplomatic pressure on the Indian government to close the cafe. But more important Israeli diplomats met the owner Mr. Sablok and that unnerved him. He probably thought that a Commando operation may occur, so he decided to change the name of the restaurant. It was renamed as the Cross café and all references to Hitler removed.
The matter has not ended and now another shop in Ahmedabad has opened with the name of Hitler. Looks like Hitler is deeply ingrained in Indian psyche.

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Cross Cafe, Eating Joint, Hitler, Navi Mumbai, Remembering Hitler

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Mar 2015 (#)

This certainly would not happen in the west. Blessings.

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author avatar M G Singh
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Yes, I agree Kingwell

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author avatar Retired
14th Mar 2015 (#)

Yikes. I can't imagine opening any establishment in honor of Hitler. I never even heard of this. I learned something here. Thanks

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author avatar M G Singh
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Jessica, the perception about Hitler is different in India

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author avatar Jerry Walch
14th Mar 2015 (#)

I'm speechless and that seldom happens to me my friend. How anyone could find anything praiseworthy about Hitler and his bloodthirsty, bigoted regime is beyond my comprehension and I'm as Teutonic as Sauerkraut.

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author avatar M G Singh
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks Jerry, such things do happen

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author avatar Utah Jay
14th Mar 2015 (#)

Very strange indeed, Great article.

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author avatar M G Singh
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks Utah for commenting

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Mar 2015 (#)

Very surprising. I agree with Jerry's comment.

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author avatar M G Singh
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Yes Steve,thanks for commenting , but sometimes perceptions differ

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author avatar n.c.radomes
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Sablok has a rare and a truly unique perception of what holocaust mean; he perceived it as white,not black; good, not bad. He deserves respect.

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