New York, Apr.1 : Jewish leaders have called on Max Mosley, the head of Formula One's governing body, to resign after a video revealed that he had spent hours taking part in sadomasochistic sex in an underground "torture chamber."
Britain's News of the World had reported that the Oxford-educated attorney reenacted a Nazi concentration camp scene in which, speaking in German, he played both guard and inmate - lashing the ladies with a leather whip after he himself submitted to a humiliating lice-inspection and an interrogation in chains.
Jewish groups chastised Mosley, 67, whose father, Sir Oswald, was the leader of the British Union of Fascists and a friend of Adolf Hitler.
"This is sick and depraved. For anyone to be in such a position of influence and power beggars belief," the New York Daily News quoted ," Karen Pollock, chief executive of the U.K.'s Holocaust Educational Trust, as saying.
Stephen Smith, the director of London's Holocaust Center, said: "As Mr. Mosley has condemned racism in motor sport, he should live up to the standards he sets. This is an insult to millions of victims, survivors and their families. He should apologize. He should resign from the sport."
Stirling Moss, a former world champion racer whose father was Jewish, told the Times of London: "I don't see how he can continue. I hope he can, frankly, because I think he's very good at what he does. I suppose what goes on behind closed doors is his business, but when a thing comes out like this ... it's an absolute shocker."