Hitler dances on
At the Copacabana
Judge bans Holocaust float, ‘Hitler’ in Rio’s carnival
RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) — A Rio judge Thursday banned a float depicting Holocaust victims and an Adolf Hitler costume due to take part in this weekend’s carnival parade, saying they trivialized Nazi atrocities.
The carnival “cannot be used as a tool in the cult of hate or for any form of racism … or for the banalization of barbaric events,” judge Juliana Kalichszteim said, upholding a complaint by the city’s Jewish community.
The Unidos do Viradouro samba school, one of 12 competing in the parades to take place Sunday and Monday night, had planned to enter the float and a dancer dressed as Hitler as part of its theme protesting horrifying human actions.
Its creative director, Paulo Barros, had insisted the morbid float — which depicts skeletal figures piled on top of each other — was a “very respectful” reminder of the Holocaust and a warning that it should “never be repeated.”