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As in almost all countries, the campaigns of Chilean presidential candidates are designed to the millimeter.
Speech, images, social networks ... But from time to time the unexpected comes up.
An article in the main newspaper of the country apologizing for the Nazi criminal
It happened this weekend, with 'El Mercurio' opening the pages of the "Society" section with an article titled
"75 years after his death. Hermann Göring, Hitler's successor."
The article, displayed on a page and a half of the newspaper, which is in a sheet format, was accompanied by a large number of photos showing different moments in the life of Göring, who was the
second most powerful man of Nazism
during the years of Adolf Hitler and was sentenced to hang at the Nuremberg trials, accused of
crimes against humanity.
The military man committed suicide the day before the sentence became effective.
Seventy-five years later, 'El Mercurio' considered it appropriate to dedicate an article to him in memory of his death in prison.
The text speaks of his "meteoric rise" and is described as a
The German embassy in Chile pointed out on its Twitter account that, although it is not its custom to comment on newspaper articles, it would make an exception.
"This character, H. Göring, committed crimes against humanity and was one of the pillars of the Nazi regime," he said.
"That leaves not the slightest room to justify or minimize morally and politically - much less in legal terms - its
nefarious role during the Nazi regime and in the Holocaust."
The Chilean newspaper apologized this Monday: "It has never been the intention of 'El Mercurio' to make any apology or less to offend the victims of the Holocaust. There are innumerable signs over time that
the newspaper has maintained a critical and condemnatory stance of the Nazism.
It has also led to the publication of books on our publishing house and conversations about this tragedy, focusing precisely on the suffering of the victims and their families (...).
It is an error of our responsibility that we deeply regret. "
The entire Chilean political spectrum condemned the article, including
José Antonio Kast,
of the hard right and leader in the polls ahead of the November 21 elections.
is a criminal ideology, responsible for the murder of millions of people
and whose actions - and the apology for them - must be categorically condemned and not relativized. All my solidarity with the Jewish Community of Chile for this unacceptable offense," he said. Kast.
Yasna Provoste, a center-left candidate who is fighting for a place on the ballot, took advantage of the issue to attack Kast: "Nazism is one of the most extreme ideologies in history.
Any apology or naturalization of its leaders or symbols, is undemocratic. I hope that José Antonio Kast condemns the publication
of 'El Mercurio', even if that means ignoring his own family history. "
Kast responded immediately on his twitter account:
"I deeply regret the baseness of your words.
My parents are not alive to defend themselves, but on their behalf, I absolutely reject that you try to use my family and the suffering of millions of people for any purpose. electoral political ".
Michael Kast, the candidate's grandfather, was born in Germany and went on to fight in World War II.
Years later his son, Miguel, father of José Antonio, would be Minister of Planning and President of the Central Bank during the years of the dictator
The strange publication of 'El Mercurio' comes at a time when
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The colony was established in Chile after World War II and was a haven for Nazis where dissidents were tortured and murdered.
The Jewish Community of Chile stated that "a tribute" to Göring was "unacceptable"
because it constituted an "apology for Nazism."
Sebastián Sichel, candidate for the presidency of the center-right of the current president Sebastián Piñera, emphasized on social networks that "the slightest space should not be left to criminals against humanity."
The hard-left candidate, Gabriel Boric, joined the rejection: "Unacceptable memory of one of the greatest Nazi war criminals and founder of the Gestapo Hermann Göring full-page in 'El Mercurio'.
An offense to the victims of the holocaust
and to all of us who have an unrestricted commitment to human rights. "
It is not, however, the first time that 'El Mercurio' is the center of a similar scandal.
Some time ago he published an article in the same section entitled
"The peace mission of the Nazi Rudolf Hess".
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