The band agreed to participate in an educational workshop on the Holocaust, she said, adding that the ambassador was “pleased” and understands that Namsai’s act came from a “lack of knowledge and lack of awareness”.
Georg Schmidt, Germany’s ambassador to Thailand, also extended an invitation to the group “to discuss the terror of the Nazi Dictatorship with us,” he tweeted Sunday.
Fans of BNK48, a domestic offshoot of Japanese girl group AKB48, came to Namsai’s defence.
“I’m over 40 and I don’t know anything about this topic. When I saw the shirt, I didn’t think it would be a problem,” said fan Prasit Rudeekriengkrai.
Others blamed Thailand’s education system, which does not focus much on world history.
“What do you expect? When we were in school, they teach only about Thailand and Myanmar wars,” Samruay Kraspra said.