Chulalongkorn Fine and Applied Arts Faculty dean apologizes for Hitler graduation mural

Photo: Simon Wiesenthal Center

Chulalonkgorn Dean of Fine and Applied Arts Faculty Associate Professor Supakorn Dispan apologized to the public yesterday for the benightedness of his students for putting up a superhero-inspired graduation mural that also featured the visage of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler

The apology followed a comment made on July 12 by an official at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a US-based Jewish human rights organization. The Center framed its commentary with the headline, “Wiesenthal Center outraged and disgusted by the silence of University’s Elite.”

The Center accompanied its writing with a photo of a fresh graduate doing a “Seig Heil” salute, a gesture of greeting in Nazi Germany, in front of the mural.

After talking with the faculty’s student committee, Supakorn revealed that the main message behind the mural was that there were both good and bad superheroes. The dean reiterated that he did not agree with the message and would talk with the freshman who was responsible for the public display, Khaosod reported.

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5 thoughts on “Chulalongkorn Fine and Applied Arts Faculty dean apologizes for Hitler graduation mural

  1. Quite astonishingly pathetic and naive. Just shows the poor judgement of the perpetrators of the mural. And it isn't the first time either – some school use a Nazi theme for their open day a while back…
    It also demonstrates the utter ignorance of the Thais in general of one of the worst chapters in the last 70 years …

  2. Do you know how 99.999% Americans celebrating Thanksgiving right? After Native American genocide, the white gave the now-minority a tiny area and keep reminding them every year how you stole their land, and I dare say more than 50% Americans don't know how Native Americans perspective on this fact, or don't give a rat's about it. That's what the US was built on. Blood and bodies of Native Americans. You may also have not idea how outrageous it is for tons of restaurant out there using Buddha statues as decorations and art pieces(where people can sit/step on). I could go on forever but that should give you the idea. It's even more ignorance to judge the educational system of a country based on the action of a small group of ignorance people, despite them coming from a top university or not. Does the fact that American kids regularly commit crimes mean Educational system in the US is failing? I don't think so. There are always some outliers, no matter where you look. Besides, that stupid poster is not meant for people except the students and their relative to see. And as many have said, they don't know Hitler well. They just know this guy is as much a killer as Julius Caesar or Genghis Khan. Just like how most people don't know how Thanksgiving is related to Native American genocide.( I'd say that's actually more ignorant. It's the very land they stand on.) The only difference between Nazi and America is, The Nazi lost the WWII, and America successfully killed most the Native people and ultimately won the war(and I cannot think of a figure of that war like Hitler…why is that?). We are all ignorant in something and was taught another. Thailand education system sure does need a lot more improvement but insulting the whole system and in turn, the country, based on an ignorance action of a very small group of people, despite them being students from a top uni, is going way too far. If you consider yourself educated , you should exercise logical thinking and not jump to conclusions. What most people doing here is just fanning the hatred and insulting the country instead of helping the situation. You may ask me what I do to help the situation, I did send an email to the university. My point is, we are humans. We all make mistakes, and we should all learn to forgive and not to judge and if possible, take actions to help those in need.

  3. Do you know how 99.999% Americans celebrating Thanksgiving right? After Native American genocide, the white gave the now-minority a tiny area and keep reminding them every year how you stole their land, and I dare say more than 50% Americans don't know how Native Americans perspective on this fact, or don't give a rat's about it. That's what the US was built on. Blood and bodies of Native Americans. You may also have not idea how outrageous it is for tons of restaurant out there using Buddha statues as decorations and art pieces(where people can sit/step on). I could go on forever but that should give you the idea. It's even more ignorance to judge the educational system of a country based on the action of a small group of ignorance people, despite them coming from a top university or not. Does the fact that American kids regularly commit crimes mean Educational system in the US is failing? I don't think so. There are always some outliers, no matter where you look. Besides, that stupid poster is not meant for people except the students and their relative to see. And as many have said, they don't know Hitler well. They just know this guy is as much a killer as Julius Caesar or Genghis Khan. Just like how most people don't know how Thanksgiving is related to Native American genocide.( I'd say that's actually more ignorant. It's the very land they stand on.) The only difference between Nazi and America is, The Nazi lost the WWII, and America successfully killed most the Native people and ultimately won the war(and I cannot think of a figure of that war like Hitler…why is that?). We are all ignorant in something and was taught another. Thailand education system sure does need a lot more improvement but insulting the whole system and in turn, the country, based on an ignorance action of a very small group of people, despite them being students from a top uni, is going way too far. If you consider yourself educated , you should exercise logical thinking and not jump to conclusions. What most people doing here is just fanning the hatred and insulting the country instead of helping the situation. You may ask me what I do to help the situation, I did send an email to the university. My point is, we are humans. We all make mistakes, and we should all learn to forgive and not to judge and if possible, take actions to help those in need.

  4. WHAT??? Don't you dare say this "utter narrow-mindedness and complete stupidity", Schwab!!! I am Russian and this is MY country lost 20,000,000 lives in this war! And this MY and thousands of another families grandfather died!!!! And this “Seig Heil” salute – in not just only simple disrespect!
    And, SCHWAB…. we WON!!! That's why just keep your nazi comments inside you! This is you who is narrow minded, ignorant, illiterate and not well educated being

  5. Absolutely UNBELIEVABLE. Aside from one Tonneke Breda all these comments really takes the cake for utter narrow-mindedness and complete stupidity. The history IS just THAT, HISTORY. Hitler can't HARM of FAVOR anyone anymore. So now, what on earth is all the FUSS about?

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