ZEE TV’s recently launched show ‘Hitler Didi’ has caused a stir after it upset the US-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) over the title of the show.
Abraham H Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor said, “The name Hitler doesn’t belong in the title of a soap opera, and we think the producers of this program have made a terrible error in judgment that can only be remedied with a title change. Hitler was an anti-Semite, fascist dictator and mass murderer responsible for the annihilation of European Jewry. That millions of soap opera fans in India are now hearing and talking about a program with the name ‘Hitler’ on a daily basis is shocking. This is a terrible trivialization of a name freighted with the taint of the Nazi Holocaust.”
The show stars Rati Pandey as the strict lead character of ‘Hitler Didi’.
ADL’s objection to ‘Hitler’ was conveyed in a letter to Punit Goenka, Managing Director and CEO, and Subhash Chandra, Chairman of ZEE Entertainment.
“Let’s preserve the name ‘Hitler’ as a villain of incomparable evil and not trivialize his legacy or the Holocaust with a serial TV title. We strongly urge you to reconsider the choice of title and rename your show,” the letter read.