October 29, 2008
TV station cancels program featuring Hitler’s ‘favorite dish’
Television chef Jerien Meus of the VRT station planned to prepare the meal, trout in butter sauce, at Berchtesgaden in Bavaria, the former site of Hitler's "Eagle's Nest" alpine headquarters and now a tourist attraction and museum. The installment of the "Favorite Dish" series had been scheduled for Tuesday.
Past programs explored the culinary preferences of other more mainstream celebrities.
When news of the show became public, it angered the Belgian Jewish community and survivor groups and was the subject of widespread criticism.
Michael Freilich, the editor-in-chief of the Antwerp Jewish paper, Joods Actueel, deplored the show as a "banalization" of Hitler and called Meus "naive" about the dictator's crimes against humanity.
He said Monday after the cancellation was announced that the public broadcaster should consider why it chose Hitler in the first place.
-- Jewish Telegraphic Agency