Carnival in Spain: Local band dressed in Nazi uniforms, Jews, trains and death camps with chimneys

At a carnival parade near Madrid, participants dressed in Nazi uniforms and Jews as death camp prisoners danced accompanied by music next to trains, death camps and chimneys.

Representatives of the Israeli Embassy in Madrid protested the annual carnival parade in Campo de Criptana, a town situated about 130 km southeast of the capital.

The local mayor apologized and explained that the display had been presented to him in advance by the band as a “homage to the Holocaust” and not as an attempt to insult or ridicule Jews.

“We condemn the vile and repugnant representation that disrespects the victims of the Holocaust,” the embassy wrote on Twitter, “making fun of the murder of millions of Jews by the Nazis. European nations must collectively fight anti-Semitism.”