- The Washington Times - Monday, November 4, 2013

A German health spa has faced severe backlash since advertising on its website a “long romantic Kristall-nacht” exactly 75 years after Nazi forces burned synagogues and murdered Jews across Germany.

It’s unclear if the the health spa, called Kristall Sauna-Wellnesspark mit Soletherme, in Bad Klosterlausnitz, intentionally used the wordplay from its business name for the special, which lands on the Nov. 9 anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“The long romantic Kristall-Nacht: Enjoy the evening hours in romantic candle light and relax,” the original advertisement read.

Regardless, comments left on social media outlets expressed outrage over the spa’s promotion.

“Unbelievable: Thüringen spa advertises ‘long romantic Kristallnacht’ celebrations on atrocity’s 75th anniv,” one Twitter user wrote, the Post reported.

An employee from the spa, who declined to be identified, told the Post that the advertisement was a “misunderstanding and refers to the name of the firm.”

“We apologized for the mistake and there was nothing political,” the employee said.

The ad was removed on Monday and an apology was posted, stating “we are ourselves ashamed of the mistake.”