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Hitler Mugs Unintentionally Sold In German Store

There are some moments in history Germany wants everyone to forgive them for. Specifically, certain events and people during World War II come in mind. However, one store seems to “unintentionally honor the memory” of one of the most infamous dictators in history, and they’re doing it through selling 5,000 mugs featuring his portrait along with a swastika.

According to NBC News, a furniture store in Germany sold nearly 200 coffee mugs bearing the portrait of Adolf Hitler, when they mistakenly ordered 5,000 of them from China. The company, Zurbrueggen, put the Hitler mugs on display at four of its outlets before they were recognized by one of the store’s owners on Friday. Christian Zurbrueggen, co-owner of the chain store, made a statement about the Hitler mugs:

“Our staff is devastated by this very unfortunate error. We have been in touch with the manufacturer… to prevent further distribution of these nasty cups.”

Zurbrueggen is one of the region’s leading homeware stores. The store must get a lot of traffic if they were able to sell 4% of the Hitler mugs in a country trying their hardest to distance themselves from the dictator. Not to mention, the Hitler mugs were on shelves for only three to four days!

The Hitler mugs show a washed-out black-and-white stamp from Hitler’s Third Reich with a swastika and portrait of the dictator himself. Embedded in roses and cursive English script, the picture went unnoticed by the company’s buying agents when they ordered the Hitler mugs at a Chinese trade fair.

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