Bandung Officials to Question Owner of Nazi-Themed Cafe

By Yuli Krisna on 09:07 pm Jul 17, 2013
Category Crime, Featured, News

Henry Mulyana, foreground, operates the Soldatenkaffee in Bandung, which is decorated with Nazi paraphanelia and has staff dressed in costumes reminiscent of the SS. (JG Photo/Yuli Krisna)

Henry Mulyana, foreground, operates the Soldatenkaffee in Bandung, which is decorated with Nazi paraphanelia and has staff dressed in costumes reminiscent of the SS. (JG Photo/Yuli Krisna)

[Updated at 11:16 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013]

Bandung. The Bandung administration has admitted that a local cafe that sprang to notoriety for its Nazi-themed decor is not violating any municipal statutes but can be brought up on broader charges of inciting racism.

Ayi Vivananda, the Bandung deputy mayor, said on Wednesday that his office was looking into the case of the Soldatenkaffee, whose walls are adorned with Nazi-related memorabilia and whose staff wear SS uniforms.

“We’re checking it out, but for now there’s no specific prohibition on displaying Nazi symbols,” he said.

But he added that those symbols were “internationally acknowledged to represent violence and racism,” and that racism was clearly prohibited under the state ideology.

However, in order to bring any racism charges against the cafe’s owner, Ayi said it would be necessary to first determine whether he had set out to deliberately incite racial hatred.

“We’ll call him in for questioning about his reason for putting up these symbols. What’s clear is that no one is allowed to incite hatred or racism,” Ayi said.

The cafe, on Bandung’s Jalan Pasar Kaliki, was set up in April 2011 by Henry Mulyana and features a prominent Nazi theme, including pictures of Adolf Hitler, swastika flags and waiters in SS uniforms.

Henry, who insists he does not idolize Hitler or subscribe to the Nazi ideology, told the Jakarta Globe that he had no objection to being questioned by municipal authorities.

In an interview earlier this week with the Globe, he said he knew early on that displaying Nazi symbols was going to spark some controversy, “but I decided to go for it because I don’t feel I’m violating any laws.”

  • Darwinista

    The owner doesnot know what he is talkng about. First of all the hitler ideology promotes racism and facism, and Hitler himself didnot even like colored people and thought that the german race was superior. Then again the cafe owner denies the killing of 6 million jews in the face of overwhelming evidence that it actually happened

  • MadWorld

    Displaying such logos, it is obvious that spreading hatred and racism is not allowed?
    Do I read it correctly, “spreading hatred & racism is not allowed?
    What about, MUI, FPI, HTI, GARIS ,KISDI etc , oeps, they are not owners of cafes.

  • DanielKaimana

    Hmm… this is going to be very very interesting to see its end. Henry seems very confident in what he’s doing and the Deputy Mayor has not any legal framework to deal with this case.. Will it lead to a national debate? But just checked, this appeared two months ago in dailymail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2323883/Johnny-Milanos-chilling-photos-American-Nazis-annual-National-Socialist-Movement-convention-Atlanta.html. Another one is quite disturbing actually and no one take legal action on this http://www.americannaziparty.com/index.php. Is it because of freedom of expression?

  • Peter Griffin

    What an insensitive idiot…

    • http://www.facebook.com/groups/Indonesian.Traditional.Cuisine/ AMPD

      Peter!… He (Henry Mulyana)’s not an insensitive idiot… he’s just an IDIOT!!!… ;-)

  • Serigala-Berbulu-Domba

    Henry Mulyana’s echoing of Iran’s Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust represents an equally deranged mindset at work.

    • http://www.facebook.com/groups/Indonesian.Traditional.Cuisine/ AMPD

      here here!!!… but, just for the sake of collecting money from some customers who haven’t learnt thoroughly the history of the Nazi and WW II…

  • DanielKaimana

    Wonderer, what would be that “for other reasons?” Really, I simply wonder.

  • DanielKaimana

    Interesting… It’s hard to swallow but sounds promising explanations. Indeed… Only if you don’t mind, I (and perhaps GJ readers too) would like to be enlightened the correlation between as you said “National-Socialists” and FPI?

  • yuwonosigit

    Well, at least the cafe got big publicity, be it good or bad.

    Now it’s time for the owner to really consider if the profit really worth all the trouble, and is his hobby really worth to stand up for. Because despite all of his supporters, when this thing become a legal issue, it’s every man for himself.

  • TGIF

    Can you name at least who may know world history? You will be surprised that even an Indonesian cab driver would know about who Mussolini is let alone Hitler..the problem is that most may not care about the issue. They have more other things to worry. By the way Nazism,and white supremacist far right movement are pretty much alive in all corners of Europe.

    On another note, why don’t you stand on a US corner street and ask passers by if they can pinpoint where Australia is on the map…I bet you they are clueless. This survey has been done in the US by the way. It is shameful but most don’t know geography. Same difference here.

  • Voxclara

    Henry, who insists he does not idolize Hitler or subscribe to the Nazi ideology, told the Jakarta Globe that he had no objection to being questioned by municipal authorities.

    In an interview earlier this week with the Globe, he said he knew early on that displaying Nazi symbols was going to spark some controversy, “but I decided to go for it because I don’t feel I’m violating any laws.”

    One word: IDIOT !

    • Wonderer

      Like “I pressed out a loud and enormously smelly fart in the crowded elevator because I don’t feel I was violating any laws”

  • Wonderer

    Well, it is more like “what’s the difference between torture chamber themed cafe and nazi themed cafe”…but ultimately I have to admit you may have a point there.
    Of course the question springs to mind also: “then what is the difference between nazi themed cafe and buddah themed cafe” which was in fact banned some time ago in Jakarta? And don’t say “buddah is a religious object”…a nazi themed cafe is just as offending to jews, if not more so, I imagine.
    For avoidance of doubt: I do of course not mean to to say a buddah is in any way related or comparable to nazi symbols, but both were/are cafe themes.

  • Firewallix

    he should try PKI theme instead, that won’t need 2 years to attract attention from authorities.. genius way to be famous and inviting troubles

  • cokro

    I am
    writing this as an Indonesian who knows Hitler and Holocaust in general who could
    only offer sympathy to the victim and families of Holocaust. We, most of
    Indonesian could not feel the pain and sorrow as much as that of our European
    and American friends feels about Hitler atrocities. Therefore, I surprised with the comments here
    on the restaurant in Bandung that said can be potentially inciting racism.
    Inciting racism where? Please be honest
    and don’t answer this question with a drama queen attitude.

    So far
    I know Indonesians are more interesting to discuss about many local bloody conflicts
    and massacres like beheading campaign in Sampang and other Kalimantan area
    during Dayaknese- Maduranese conflicts, May Riots, Maluku conflict in which
    Moslem – Christian kills each other with no mercy or G30S PKI controversy than
    Holocaust. With respect to the victims and families, we see Holocaust as a
    small and unimportant issue comparing with many local events that directly
    affect us.

    I can
    truly understand the position of the owner who expressed his voice in defending
    his position because he is like many Indonesians see Hitler. We see swastika or picture of Hitler just
    like Osama Bin Laden or Che Guevara face or I love New York in a cheap t shirt.
    We see those kind of pictures including the restaurant with Nazi Goreng in its
    menu as a part of pop culture that will be going away soon. Acting like a drama
    queen on this matter is a free advertisement to the restaurant. I f I were the
    owner, I will put all your comments and translate it into Indonesian slangs to attract
    the people enjoy the food and read the comments
    from you all with hope they will find out more about Hitler and Holocaust in Library
    or internet.

    • DanielKaimana

      I like this line “don’t answer this question with a drama queen attitude”

      what does it mean?

  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/Indonesian.Traditional.Cuisine/ AMPD

    Here here!!! I fully agree with you, mas…

  • DanielKaimana

    Oh ok.. I thought Roland is trying to build a theory that FPI is a socialist group.