US school plays Hitler anthem

An American school has provoked outrage after a marching band played an Adolf Hitler anthem and waived a Nazi flag during a football match.

    Hitler widely regarded as one of the most evil men of the 20th century

    The Paris, Texas school district

    was forced to apologise on Tuesday after the performance at Hillcrest High School was greeted by heavy boos

    and several objects were hurled at the

    band.

    Charles Grissom, the band director, said the song and flag were

    part of a musical performance called Visions of World War

    Two.

    It was performed at the high school in Dallas on Friday, which

    was also Rosh Hashana, the start of the Jewish new year and one

    of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar.

    Mistake

    "The performance is an attempt to factually portray the

    history of World War Two, triumph of good over evil, and to

    honour our veterans for their sacrifices in ensuring freedom

    throughout the world," Grissom said in a statement.

    He added

    later he made a major mistake in judgment.

    The show included the flags of other nations fighting in

    World War Two, such as France, Britain, the United States and

    Japan.

    Misunderstanding

    The flags were waved twice as a musical selection from

    each country was played.

    "We regret there was a misunderstanding. We strive to be

    sensitive to the feelings of others and are always willing to

    amend our actions when we fall short," said Paul Trull, superintendant of Dallas schools.

    The band will still perform the musical composition, but it

    will only have the United States flag on display, he added.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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