Couple faces flak for Nazi-themed wedding celebrating Adolf Hitler!
Fernando and Josefina celebrated their Nazi-themed wedding in Tlaxcala, Mexico, on April 29, 2022, the same day as Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun in 1945
Fernando and Josefina married on Friday, 29 April, the same day as Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun in 1945. The couple married at a Catholic church in Tlaxcala, Mexico. The Mexican couple, groom Fernando and bride Josefina, who hid their surnames from media reports, celebrated their wedding in an unusual and controversial manner. However, Human rights activists in Mexico and the United States have criticized the incident and called on Mexico's government to issue a statement.
Their wedding in Tlaxcala, Mexico's central state, was inspired by Nazi Germany, with Nazi Waffen-SS costumes, a Volkswagen Beetle decorated with swastikas, and, of course, a vegetarian meal — just like Adolf Hitler would have liked it. The couple deliberated over every detail of their tribute, even down to the day they picked for the ceremony: April 29, which happens to be the 77th wedding anniversary of Hitler and Eva Braun. Along with the groom, several of the men in attendance wore military uniforms inspired by Nazi Germany. Fernando's family is a supporter of far-right National Socialism, according to the Mexican daily Milenio.
When questioned why he chose such a unique design, the groom, Fernando, told the Mexican daily Milenio because “people don’t know the real story” of Hitler. “Hitler was a vegetarian, he took his country out of extreme poverty and returned to his people the territories lost in the First World War,” urged Fernando, who hid his surname from the press. Josefina and Fernando have two children together. Reinhard, their eldest son, was named after SS leader General Reinhard Heydrich, and Hanna Gertrud, their daughter, was named after German pilot Hanna Reitsch, who is said to have rescued the Führer on the battlefield, and Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, the former president of the National League of National Socialist Women.
In a statement to Milenio, La Tribuna Israelita declared that the Jewish community in Mexico “strongly condemns any action that defends and extols Nazism.” Although Mexican authorities have remained tight-lipped on the topic, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights group based in Los Angeles, has encouraged the Mexican government to "take appropriate measures" in response to the inflammatory event. Fernando has had a lifetime of hate mail and death threats, so the retaliation comes as no surprise. "My dad and my uncles are followers of National Socialism, and since I was a kid I’ve had to face people." He told Milenio, "I’ve been hit, spit on, and one time a man even pointed a gun in my face while shouting ‘Nazi".
“Mexico has voted for the United Nations resolution that condemns the distortion of the Holocaust and all forms of racism,” said Dr Shimon Samuels, director for international relations at the center, in a press release. “However, there has been no reaction by the state or human rights organizations condemning this outrage.”
Local reports did not mention Fernando and Josefina's animosity against the Jewish community. The bride said, “I didn’t know much about the story, but my husband told it to me and I support him because I have a responsible husband.”