Anger over carnival Holocaust float

Jewish groups outraged by Brazilian samba school's plan to depict the Holocaust.

    The float is set to be used in this year's Rio
    carnival [Reuters]

    The artistic director of Viradouro defended the float, saying it would have no dancers or samba performers as a sign of respect to victims.
     
    "The float is extremely respectful, it's a warning, it's something shocking that we don't want to happen ever again," Paulo Barros, Viradouro's artistic director, told Reuters.
     
    'Shockers' theme
     
    The Rio Carnival is famous for parades by samba schools with colourful floats and costumes and street parties where costumed revellers drink and dance all night.
     
    The elaborately decorated floats are a key part of each samba school's presentation, along with thousands of dancers and drummers led by near naked Carnival queens.
     
    Viradouro's parade theme this year is "Shockers" and it also reportedly includes floats depicting the shock of birth, the shock of horror and the shock of cold.
     
    In previous carnivals samba schools have had problems with the Catholic church over floats displaying religious references.
     
    An estimated six million Jews perished in the Holocaust, instigated by Germany's Nazi government under Adolf Hitler, in World War II, along with hundreds of thousands of gypsies, Catholics and other groups.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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