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Soldatenkaffee closed due to media pressure

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung | Sat, July 20, 2013 | 10:05 pm

Henry Mulyana, a 35-year-old entrepreneur who owns the Soldatenkaffee cafe, says he has no choice but to close his business due to intense media pressure.

Henry opened his café, which offers a variety of dishes in 2011, and since then it has continued to receive a lot of media attention because of Nazi decoration and symbols on the front of the café'€™s building.

'€œAs an ordinary person, I don'€™t understand about the pressure. Many people outside have taunted me with vile language. I cannot say anything. After harsh statements were published in online media, I immediately closed my café,'€ he said in a press conference in Bandung, West Java, on Saturday.

Henry said he was very confused and felt depressed.

The red and black-colored café interior is already clear of all Nazi-themed decoration. There are no posters, pictures, or images of German soldiers from the Second World War.

Previously, Henry had hung a Nazi flag with a Swastika symbol in the middle on the wall. Several images and pictures of the Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler, were also scattered throughout the café'€™s walls. Nazi party symbols and regalia also hung on the wall. Only a sign saying '€œSoldatenkaffee-der Kommandantur Gross'€ is left.

Henry said his café had a pop culture theme. '€œIt used a Second World War theme from the German side; but, it should be noted that it is art, not ideology or even extremism or racism,'€ he said.

The Bandung administration had sent a summoning letter to Hendry. '€œWe want to know what is his actual purpose is,'€ said Deputy Bandung Mayor Ayi Vivananda. (ebf)