One of the largest newspapers in Chile published a tribute feature to Hermann Göring, sparking an outcry from Antifascist politicians and Chilean Jews.
The article, which was timed to the 75th anniversary of Göring’s death and resembled a eulogy, included details about the National Socalist leader’s youth, military career and close relationship to Adolf Hitler, accompanied by various photos.
In a statement posted to Twitter, the Jewish Community of Chile organization called the article “an apology for Nazism.”
“In Europe, this publication would be considered a crime,” the organization said, referring to countries that outlaw NS sympathizing.
Germany’s embassy in Santiago said “It is not customary for the Embassy to comment” on newspaper articles, but added “We just want to make it very clear: This character, H. Goering, committed crimes against humanity and was one of the pillars of the Nazi regime.”
El Mercurio, which has a conservative political slant, is known as Chile’s newspaper of record.
Multiple Antifa politicians running in Chile’s presidential elections also criticized the article.
“There isn’t even a speck of room for criminals against humanity,” wrote Sebastián Sichel, an independent running as part of the conservative Chile Podemos coalition. “My solidarity with the Jewish community and to anyone else who may have felt offended by the publication.”
Yasna Provoste, head of the centrist Christian Democratic Party, expressed “deep solidarity with the Jewish Community of Chile.”