The Jakarta Post
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-Âstyle ceramic cups feature a faint image of a NaziÂera postage stamp that shows a blackÂ-and-Âwhite 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 RhineÂ 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.