KFC apologises for urging customers in Germany 'treat’ themselves on Kristallnacht

The fast food giant's app invited users to feast on cheese and chicken to mark the Nazi pogrom’s anniversary 


TOKYO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 23: A KFC logo is pictured on December 23, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. KFC at Christmas has become something of a tradition in Japan with some attributing its yuletide popularity to a kindergarten delivery being made in a Santa Claus outfit which was such a success it was requested by a number of other schools and subsequently gave the company the idea of associating its product to Christmas. The chain launched its first Christmas campaign in December 1974, and has continued to do so every year at all its outlets nationwide. In 2018, KFC Japan posted all-time high sales of roughly 68 million USD for the five days from December 21 to 25. Roughly 10 percent of its annual turnover for the entire year. (Photo by Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images)

Fast food chain KFC has been forced to apologise after sending a message to its customers in Germany urging them to commemorate Kristallnacht with cheesy chicken.

In a push notification from its mobile app, the company wrote: "It's memorial day for Kristallnacht! Treat yourself with more tender cheese on your crispy chicken.”

Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass, often referred to as ‘Novemberpogrome’ in German, was an antisemitic pogrom carried out by the Nazi party’s SA and SS paramilitary forces along with the Hitler Youth and German civilians throughout Nazi Germany on 9-10 November, 1938.

Its name is derived from the many shards of broken glass that littered the streets after the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues were smashed.

Ninety one Jews were killed and more than 30,000 were rounded up and sent to concentration camps across Germany and Austria.

It is viewed as the prelude to the Final Solution and the murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust.

The Anti-Defamation League’s associate director of European affairs Dalia Grinfield took to Twitter to vent, writing:: "How wrong can you get on Kristallnacht KFC Germany. Shame on you!"

Daniel Sugarman, director of public affairs at the Board of Deputies of British Jews, slammed the advertisement as “absolutely hideous”.

KFC Germany has since apologised for the message, claiming it was the result of an “error in our system”.

A spokesperson said: “Due to an error in our system, we sent an incorrect and inappropriate message through our app. We are very sorry about this, we will check our internal processes immediately so that this does not happen again. Please excuse this error."

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