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THAILAND – A major new trend in Asia:  young girls dressing up as Nazis.

It’s all the rage in Japan, Thailand, China, Taiwan and North Korea .  Asian girls love the Nazi look!

A Jewish human rights organisation has called on Asian leaders to condemn the Nazi-themed parades a where students were seen dressed up as Adolf Hitler and SS guards doing “seig heil” salutes.

Recently, students dressed as Nazi SS guards with swastika armbands walk in a parade to mark a sports day last Friday at the Sacred Heart Preparatory School in Chiang Mai’s Muang district of Thailand. The parade drew an angry public response and the school has apologised.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights group based in Los Angeles, issued a statement on Monday denouncing an event it said was “glorifying Nazis”.

Images of the event show a girl dressed up as Adolf Hitler, complete with toothbrush moustache, leading a parade consisting of youngsters carrying a Swastika flag and another group dressed up in Nazi uniforms with plastic guns to complete the look.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, insisted that from the visuals, it was clear that this Nazi celebration could not have taken place without the knowledge and cooperation of the school administration.

Rabbi Cooper called on the school to take immediate action against people responsible for “promoting and facilitating this disgraceful display”.

“It is difficult to calculate the hurt such a display inflicted on survivors of the Nazi Holocaust and the families of all victims of Nazism. There can be no justification for such an outrage to emanate from a place of learning,” he said.

Rabbi Cooper, a frequent visitor to Asia, added that a similar parade took place in 2007 at a school in Bangkok involving 200 students and, more recently, Thai rock band Slur donned Nazi regalia in a music video.

North Korean  authorities have not yet condemned the latest fashion trend among young women.

Many of the girls say they do not know that using the Nazi theme had any sensitive or negative implications.  “We just like the colors and the cool design,” said Eva Ho of Shanghai.