I'm Jewish, and (ho ho) lucky enough to live in the same state as the Nazi display. Tonight I got to see it in its entirety on the news.
I understand it's his right- I understand freedom of speech- I also understand that just looking at the thing as a holiday decoration made me sick.
If the piece had been presented as ART- in a gallery- where parents could choose to have their kids see it or not, and adults could choose to avoid it, I would have found it to be a cynical comment on what America will commercialize. I might have even found it blackly funny, in the right context. Possibly. As is, it seems only to be a happy celebration of the work and beliefs of a group of evil men.
I guess part of the reason it hits me so hard is that a few years ago I spent two years interviewing Holocaust survivors for the novel I was working on. Many of the people I spoke to live in the Cleveland-Columbus-Cincinnati areas; near enough to actually see this mess in person. The thought of even one person, still wearing a tattooed number on his or her arm, walking past this abomination turns my stomach. To survive the death camps of a madman, and then see a COOKIE display like this?
This is not about being PC- this is about refusing to find anything funny about a straightforward portrayal of a group who murdered 6 million people, regardless of the medium.
Sorry for sounding so vehement guys, but we saw that tonight right before we were going to begin our candle lighting and prayers. What a great way to begin the holiday.