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IN Weird ON 02 Jul, 2015
The 18th century was the period of Nazis and also one of the significant parts of the world history.
When we talk about Nazi, we think about Adolf Hitler. Several thoughts about World war-II, Hitler's dictatorship, and his brutal punishment techniques cross our thoughts.
Well, this would be the first time when the "story of Nazis" is not going to be as serious as always, but little weird. As Hitler left his never wiped signs in the world and created an unfortunate history, people in the 21st century got truly innovative ways to keep his memories alive. They came up with the dark ideas of creating items and associated them with Hitler's life. It's entirely unpredictable that if Hitler were there, what would be his reaction on this whether he will feel proud or regret.
Andrea Lundardelli, a wine company in Italy started selling wines based on historical context. They launched the series of wine bottles that featured pictures of Adolf Hitler, fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and Soviet chief Joseph Stalin. The company started it just for a joke under the suggestion of one of their customers. They sold many bottles of wines and most of the buyers of them were German. in 2013, the winemaker stopped making Hitler-branded wines. So, you are not gonna get them in the stores now.
A faint image of a Nazi-era postage stamp with Hitler's picture is featured on these ceramic mugs. In 2014, a German furniture chain, Zurbrueggen made an appeal for selling these Nazi's mugs. These beautiful cups accidentally went related to Nazi-era as the Chinese designer in the company created these mugs and mistakenly chose the image of the former dictator, Adolf Hitler. The most bizarre thing is, when the chain kept five thousand mugs for sale, no one noticed the picture of Hitler and Nazi-era postage stamp on it, before 175 mugs were already sold. After that, people paid attention to the faint but clearly visible picture of Hitler designed on the mugs. The company apologized for their deed and had to shut down the sale. It then destroyed the remaining unsold mugs.
These Zara's blue-and-white striped shirts were designed for toddlers up to three years old and featured ranking buttons in the left shoulder with a star-shaped gold badge. Social media users spotted the t-shirt online and said that the yellow star in the t-shirt resembles the sign on prisoners' uniform they were forced to wear under Nazi-occupied territory. When Zara got such response from the viewers, she immediately apologized saying, "The item in question has now been removed from sale. The garment was inspired by the classic Western films, but we now recognize that the design could be seen as insensitive and apologize sincerely for any offence caused to our customers."
Once ice cream cones in India were sold in the packaging which featured Nazi leader's portrait on it. It has caused an outcry in Germany. They thought that company behind the cone did this for a publicity stunt. Germany immediately called Indian government to ban the sale of the ice cream cones. The company said that Germany took it in the wrong way, they featured Adolf Hitler's picture on packaging to make people know more about him. There is no outrageous idea behind it.
Thailand youth are crazy about the Nazi chic apparels. A local vendor who sells a large variety of Hitler merchandise said, "It's not that I like Hitler. But he looks funny and the shirts are very popular with young people."
In 2012, Biomen shampoo started a 12-second commercial which showed Hitler gesticulating wildly during a speech, urging customers to buy the "100% male shampoo." Underneath the footage, there was a caption that "If you are not wearing a woman's dress, you should not use her shampoo either.".
In 2014, Migros, a Zurich-based retailer, recalled several thousand mini-creamer packages featuring portraits of Hitler and Mussolini.
A company spokesman said nostalgic Hitler and Mussolini coffee creamers weren't images accompanying a book about World War II, but rather something meant to be enjoyed with coffee and chocolate cake. You cannot put Pol Pot or a terrorist on a milk creamer – it is unacceptable."
Posters of Adolf Hitler with makeup were published on the street corners and bus stops to advertise a line of clothing for young people in 2010, in Palermo, Sicily's biggest city. The portrait of Hitler was displayed in a lurid pink uniform; his Swastika armband replaced with a bright red heart. The ad company also had a slogan on this "Change Style- Don't Follow your leader."
Germany showed an outcry over it and immediately called for the posters to be taken down.
A jewelry company called CET Domain was selling ring emblazoned with a swastika on sears. Many people went against it on social media and said to stop the sale and remove the ring from the website. The company posted an apology on its Facebook page saying, "The ring was not posted by Sears, but by independent third-party sellers on Sears Marketplace. All Marketplace Sellers must accept our seller agreement terms to sell their items on Sears.com. Part of that agreement includes an understanding that certain offensive items may not be listed."
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