Dec 3, 2006

Germany: Hitler saluting Santa removed from shelves

'Tis the season to be jolly....

Well this is an interesting story. From the looks of it, Santa is not really saluting anyone. It just seems like he is pointing to the sky. Well - doesn't matter. The complaints seem to be going a bit overboard but I suppose it is sensible that they removed the item from shelves. Probably better that way.

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German chain of shops has removed miniature wooden Santa Claus figures from its shelves and destroyed them after customers complained it looked like they were giving the stiff-armed Hitler salute that is outlawed.

Josef Lange, a spokesman for the Rossmann chain that has 1,200 outlets, told Reuters Friday the figures depicting Father Christmas with his right arm stiffly upright toward the sky and holding a sack in his left hand upset some customers.

"We were astonished by the reaction," Lange said. "It looks like he's just pointing up to the sky and we were surprised that anyone saw the so-called 'Hitler salute' in that. But we responded and had the entire inventory removed and destroyed."

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