Manager of Aparthaus Paradies Swiss Hotel now apologizes for posting signs demanding of “Jewish guests” to shower before entering pool.

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  • oppostate
    Switzerland condemns racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination in any form, a spokesman for the government said on Tuesday, as a row with Israel over a hotel sign telling Jewish guests to shower before using the pool showed no sign of abating.

    The Swiss statement came after the Jewish state lodged official complaints about Aparthaus Paradies in the Alpine resort village of Arosa and signs it posted telling Jewish guests to shower before using the swimming pool and restricted their access to a kitchen freezer.

    The hotel quickly apologized and removed the signage after a public backlash.

    The prominent Jewish rights group, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre,
    published a letter Tuesday demanding that Switzerland “close the hotel of hate and penalise its management.” It also called on to remove the hotel from its directory “and explain the anti-Semitic cause of the removal on your website.”

    The centre’s head of international relations Shimon Samuels, pointed out that “the reference to ‘showers’ can be construed as a patently vicious reference to the fake shower hands in the gas chambers.”


    "To our Jewish Guests Women, Men and Children
    Please take a shower before you go swimming
    and although after swimming.
    If you break the rules , I'm forced to cloes
    the swimming pool for you.
    Thank you for understanding
    Ruth Thomann"


  • Slidin Fast
    Slidin Fast


    If it was Catholics wanting access to a KH for a wake, I could understand It. Hmmm! Ruth Thomann should get the sack.

  • zeb

    what if the Jews hit back by pulling their money out of Switzerland?

    WTF was that woman thinking?

  • oppostate
    what if the Jews hit back by pulling their money out of Switzerland?

    Just by boycotting the Aparthaus Paradeis Hotel immediately and making cancellations for any future stay would send a clear and loud statement that businesses which publicly display and practice insensitive, racist attitudes will see their customers go elsewhere.

    They are their guests, tourists who come to spend their hard earned money there, WTF was she thinking, indeed !?!?

  • Spoletta
    WTF was she thinking, indeed !?!?

    Unfortunately, we know exactly what she was thinking

  • Simon

    If anyone bothered to do any research instead of leaping to "racism!" as the explanation, it seems benign and more todo with the owners poor use of language and some jewish guests use of the facilities.

    Paradies manager Ruth Thomann, who signed the notices, meanwhile insisted to Swiss daily 20Minutes that she was not an anti-Semite, and acknowledged that her 'choice of words was a mistake.'

    She explained to the Blick daily that the apartment hotel currently had a lot of Jewish clients, and that other guests had complained that some of them did not shower before using the pool and had asked her to do something.

    'I wrote something naive on that poster,' she was quoted as saying, admitting that it would have been better to simply address all guests with the same message.

    The hotel is reportedly very popular with ultra-orthodox Jewish guests because it has been accommodating to their needs, including access to a freezer to store kosher food.

    Thomann told Blick that the since the freezer was in the staff room, she had felt compelled to set times when the Jewish guests could access it to ensure staff could enjoy their 'lunch and dinner in peace.'

    Don't be eager to take offence. Don't be eager to take offence on behalf of other people.

  • TD
  • Spoletta
    Don't be eager to take offence. Don't be eager to take offence on behalf of other people.

    Simon, I agree that we shouldn't be eager to take offence, but should the Jewish guests have waited a while and tried to figure out the motivation of the manager before being offended by the signs?

    The woman may have indeed posted the signs innocently, not thinking how they would have been perceived, but we'll never truly know.

    So, I will admit that neither I nor anyone can know what goes on in another's mind.

    But we can have opinions about it.

  • Simon

    If someone there was insulted, they could have asked what she meant by the sign and pointed out that it could be taken as insulting and singling them out. It seems like she was just trying to keep ALL her guests happy and was welcoming and accommodating to Jewish guests with special needs.

    So what's the problem? Media and politicians get hold of it. Much outrage and bad feeling follow. It's what they do to fool you and lead you and stop you thinking about real injustices and imbalances in the world.

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