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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Holocaust-themed parade float "extremely respectful"

According to this story, a Rio de Janeiro samba organization plans to enter a float in Rio's Carnival Parade depicting piles of dead Holocaust victims, despite objections from local Jews. The samba group's parade theme is "Shockers" and "includes floats depicting the shock of birth, the shock of horror and the shock of cold."

Organizers deny that the float is disrespectful, since it would be the only float without dancers on it. "If we had people dancing on top of dead bodies that would indeed be disrespectful" said a spokesman. Indeed.

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