Sunday 18 February 2018

Swiss hotel apologises for sign that told Jews to shower

Switzerland's tourism office has expressed regret over an “unfortunate” incident in which a small Alpine hotel posted a sign asking “Jewish guests” to shower before swimming in the hotel pool. Photo: Stock image
Switzerland's tourism office has expressed regret over an “unfortunate” incident in which a small Alpine hotel posted a sign asking “Jewish guests” to shower before swimming in the hotel pool. Photo: Stock image

Alison Kray

Switzerland's tourism office has expressed regret over an "unfortunate" incident in which a small Alpine hotel posted a sign asking "Jewish guests" to shower before swimming in the hotel pool.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre demanded the closure of the Paradies Arosa hotel in the Swiss Alps.

Swiss tourism spokesman Markus Berger called the sign "unacceptable", adding it has been removed and hotel management has apologised.

Under "To our Jewish Guests", the sign read: "Please take a shower before you go swimming. If you break the rules, I am forced to cloes (sic) the swimming pool for you. Thank you for your understanding."

Hotel employee Ruth Thomann, who wrote the sign, apologised and said she had made a mistake.

She explained that some Jewish guests had gone swimming with clothes, such as T-shirts, on and had not showered first.

Irish Independent

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