Right-Wing Chilean Newspaper Sparks Outrage After Tribute Article to Hermann Göring
21:57 GMT 26.10.2021 (Updated: 18:30 GMT 19.10.2022)
Chile's main conservative newspaper has published a tribute to Nazi war criminal Hermann Göring, prompting a rebuke from the German Embassy and sparking fury among Jewish groups.
El Mercurio published a full-page illustrated article found in the society section of the paper on Sunday, marking the 75th anniversary of Göring's death.
The Gestapo chief - who committed suicide hours before he was due to be executed after his Nuremberg trial - was allegedly Hitler's most loyal supporter, known to have played a prominent role in organising the Nazi police state in Germany and establishing concentration camps for what he deemed as "corrective treatment" for opponents.
The full-page illustrated article detailed the general's career and his love life, speaking only briefly of his crimes. It has been accused of serving as an "apology for Nazism" by Chile's Jewish community.
Boris Van Der Spek, a journalist and editor-in-chief from Chile Today News, shared a tweet Sunday showcasing the full page profile published by El Mercurio with a caption that read: "With all but criticism and lots of admiration for the nazi. The Jewish community in Chile, (most) presidential candidates, and even the German Embassy in a rare statement strongly condemn the piece".
Another writer, Lili Loofbourow, critiqued the article as a "bizarre piece of propaganda" through a series of tweets
, saying that the article described Göring's wife Emmy as "sweet", "naive", and always with him and Hitler such that she was practically a "First lady of the Reich".
"To give you a sense of the tone... apparently they were 'magnificent hosts'", Loofbourow added.
The German Embassy didn't waste any time speaking out against the published article through Twitter
"It is not customary for the Embassy to publicly comment on newspaper articles. We just want to make it very clear: This character, H. Goering committed crimes against humanity and was one of the pillars of the Nazi regime".
"That leaves not the slightest room to justify or minimise morally and politically - and much less in legal terms - its nefarious role during the Nazi regime and in the Holocaust".
After receiving a letter describing the piece as a "direct affront" to Holocaust victims, the Chilean newspaper said it "deeply regretted"
that the article on Göring had been interpreted in that way.