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Gasthof's hosts Nazi-themed Christmas party, Jewish organization expresses concern

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After hearing of a Nazi-themed Christmas party held at Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit, a popular German restaurant and bar in northeast Minneapolis, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) is expressing concern.

Executive director Steve Hunegs sent a letter to Gasthof's owner, which read, in part:

"Glorification and/or celebration of Nazi Germany and its military would appear to be incongruous with the nature of a family restaurant and its surrounding neighborhood."

The Third Reich was in full uniform this December at the annual reenactment, which the restaurant has hosted for the past 6 years.

Jon Boorom, a WWII Historical Re-enactment Society Inc. member, told City Pages the reenactment is somewhat like a "Star Trek convention but for WWII enthusiasts."

"All of the German [re-enactment] groups in Minnesota have a Christmas party because we don't typically have events going on in the winter," Boorom said. "It's just like any club that has a party. Because they dress up like Germans from World War II, it's cool to go to a German restaurant, eat German food, and drink German beer."

Boorom also said members of the re-enactment groups are given extensive background checks and no neo-Nazis are allowed to participate. He also insisted they're not there because they "believe in what Hitler stood for," but rather, to educate those that take part in the events.

The JCRC is looking to help Gasthof's find a way to honor World War II veterans without associating with German military re-enactors.

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