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Nazi Salute Gets Man Banned From London Area

Yelled ‘Heil Hitler’ by kosher restaurant on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Stephanie Butnick
May 29, 2014
Golders Green district of London. (Wikimedia/
Golders Green district of London. (Wikimedia/

Shouting “Heil Hitler” and giving a Nazi salute outside a crowded kosher restaurant on Holocaust Remembrance Day might not be the best idea. Miroslav Ondrus, a 33-year-old Slovakian man living in London, learned that the hard way—he was convicted of religious harassment, sentenced to 180 hours of community service, and banned from London’s NW11 district after doing just that, Haaretz reports.

Ondrus admitted two charges of racially or religiously aggravated harassment and one charge of assault by beating for approaching Neville Kesselman and Gary Ost and performing the Nazi salute outside the White House Express in Golders Green Road on April 29 this year.

He also admitted to assaulting restaurant manager Solomon Tangi, whom he picked up and shook violently.

Ondrus’s lawyer said his client was inebriated at the time and doesn’t remember anything. The area he’s banned from, London’s north-west district, is home to neighborhoods like Golders Green and Hampstead, both of which have sizable Jewish populations.

In February, a report released by Britain’s Community Security Trust revealed that the number of anti-Semitic incidents reported to authorities in 2013 was lower than it had been in several years. Still, the report acknowledged, the majority of hate crimes aren’t reported.

Stephanie Butnick is chief strategy officer of Tablet Magazine, co-founder of Tablet Studios, and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.