[Ed. – Link slug for this item at TPM: “Horrible Restaurant Hosts a Nazi-Themed Party.” Yes, it’s a few weeks old. But it’s a sacred duty of businesses to serve everyone who comes through the door, regardless of what the customer asks for. If it’s legal, there’s no “conscience” clause for the business owner. Instead of harassing this business, TPM should be celebrating its tolerance.]
A Minneapolis restaurant owner and local group were forced this week to defend a Nazi-themed party.
The gathering, replete with Nazi flags and men clad in uniforms, was a Twin Cities historical society’s annual Christmas party. But the party wasn’t held in December. It was thrown in January. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no less. …
According to the Star Tribune, a staff member at Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit, the restaurant that hosted the event, lost his job last week after admitting to taking photos and sharing them with friends.
Gasthof’s owner Mario Pierzchalski doesn’t understand the uproar. An immigrant of Poland, Pierzchalski said the participants were merely “actors” and “peaceful people.” Even so, Pierzchalski said that after six years of hosting the party, the event will no longer be held at his establishment.
“So now we have a lot of bad messages on our phones; they want to burn down the building,” he told the Star Tribune. “We live in a free country…but from the comments I see, a lot of people they don’t see what freedom is. If I break the law, punish me. But we did this for so many years and everything was fine.”
Pierzchalski has not responded to TPM’s request for comment. When TPM called Gasthof’s, the woman on the other end seemed accustomed to handling inquiries about the controversy.
“Is this about the article?” she asked.
The organizers of the event have also insisted that they were not making a political statement.