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Ink Publishing just released a formal apology for their string of ads depicting models posing in front the the Field of Stelae, a.k.a. the Berlin Holocaust Memorial. In case you were thinking this showed a particularly obvious amount of disrespect, don't worry: the spread was displayed in one of Ink's many signature in-flight magazines, EasyJet, which is the a serious and appropriate location.
The ads were meant to bolster tourism to the area, heralding the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in celebration of past achievements and whatnot. Since the monument is also called the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, I can see how that makes sense. Nothing says "family vay-cay!" like genocide.
After causing outrage from important-sounding Jewish organizations like European Institute for the Study of Contemporary anti-Semitism, and being called things that would be impressive in any other instance, like, "crass to the extreme," Ink apologized and pulled the November issue from all flights. While this particular Jew is often bothered by the the quiet yet pervasive wave of anti-Semitic propaganda present in most major airline publications (I'm looking at you, Skymall!), this sounds more or less like a stupid, enormous oversight (also, a stunning lack of sensitivity). Not Jew-hate. Agreed?