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German store apologises over Hitler coffee mugs from China

Published on Apr 11, 2014 3:05 AM
 

BERLIN (AFP) - A German furniture store chain has apologised for selling coffee mugs featuring faint portraits of Adolf Hitler it had mistakenly ordered from a Chinese supplier, a news report said on Thursday.

The vintage-style ceramic cups feature a faint image of a Nazi-era postage stamp that shows a black-and-white profile of Hitler, postmarked with a swastika stamp, all obscured by other design elements including a rose and cursive script.

The Zurbrueggen furniture chain had ordered a batch of 5,000 of the mugs and had already sold at least 175 when the mistake was noticed, reported the Neue Westfaelische Zeitung daily from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The owner blamed the "terrible" mistake on "a stupid chain of unfortunate circumstances" involving a Chinese designer who has mistakenly chosen the image of the Nazi leader, the news report said.

 
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