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German store apologizes over Hitler mugs

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Berlin | Sat, April 12, 2014 | 07:07 am

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 Nazi­era 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 '€œterrible'€ mistake on '€œa stupid chain of unfortunate circumstances'€ involving a Chinese designer who has mistakenly chosen the image of the Nazi leader, the news report said.