ANTI-SEMITIC SWITZERLAND?

An Alpine hotel in Arosa, Switzerland has been branded as anti-Semitic after it put up a poster by its pool aimed at Jewish guests.

The poster, placed at the Aparthaus Paradies hotel, was headed “To our Jewish Guests. Men, Women and Children” and warned “Please take a shower before you go swimming and although after swimming (sic) If you break the rules, I’m forced to cloes (sic) the swimming pool for you. Thank you for understanding” It was signed by the hotel’s manager Ruth Thomann.

Ms Thomann, who quickly took the sign down when reports appeared in newspapers, claimed that there was no anti-semitic intent but admitted that it was “naive” and that the message should have been addressed to all guests using the pool, and not just the Jewish ones.

Spokesman for Swiss Tourism Markus Berger admitted the sign was “unacceptable” but urged the press to keep the “one unfortunate incident in perspective” and accept that Ms Thomann was “just one lady at one hotel who was not on top of the situation”.

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