However, when contacted by reporters yesterday Mulyana said he had decided to close down the cafe temporarily, refusing to give further details.
Historian Asvi Warman Adam from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences blames Indonesia’s education system for a lack of awareness about the Holocaust.
“We don’t hear a lot of criticism against the Nazis and fascism in Indonesia,” Adam said. “Hitler’s book Mein Kampf is banned in many countries, but it’s freely distributed here.”
Islamic hardliners are unlikely to make any noise about the cafe, “but if a Jewish-themed cafe opened, they would most likely stage a protest,” Adam said.