Britain: "Hitler’s Walk" Sign Cancelled After Uproar

A plan to rename a park in Cornwall, Britain "Hitler's Walk" has been scrapped, after the Jewish community raised opposition to the epithet.

The name has nothing to do with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, according to the Daily Mail – rather, the park has been known as "Hitler's" for "decades" after an "over-zealous park warden" for the Mevagissey Parish. The official name is "Cliff's Park." 

The signs had been taken down in 2005 following complaints that it was offensive. However, plans to erect new signs were presented in January – just before the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Cornwall's Jewish community had called on vacationers and locals to boycott the park if the planned signage had gone through. The story also surfaced amid heightened anti-Semitism in Britain and a media frenzy over British Jews noting how unsafe they feel in their home country. 

A poll last month found that almost half of British Jewish people fear they have no long-term future in Britain or Europe, and a quarter of those surveyed said they had considered leaving Britain in the past two years.

Local politicians welcomed news of the ban.

"This plan has caused huge offense to many people as well as attracting national and international condemnation and coming on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps it couldn't have been more insensitive," Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell and Newquay, Stephen Gilbert, stated Sunday. 

"I'm pleased that the parish council have abandoned the plan and I am sure that sentiment will be shared by everyone whose family, like mine, fought against the Nazis and all those who rightly remain horrified at the mass extermination of Jewish people, disabled people, gay people and others that Hitler is responsible for." 

"Respect, humanity and decency has prevailed at the Parish Council and the plan has gone where it belongs, in the bin," he added. 


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