Following Public Outcry, Nazi Toys Removed from Retailers


Soon after public outrage, Polish toy manufacturer Cobi has decided to end its sale of Nazi-themed action figures this Christmas.

Cobi Toys CEO Robert Podles claimed that the toys had been valuable in educating the youth on World War two historical past in a innovative and “fun” way. The move has sparked criticism from the public, who have already protested and terminated Nazi embellished objects offered by many merchants in excess of the previous months.

“Our historical past, our total European history, however has imbibed this Nazism from the Second Globe War and we cannot escape from that. We need to teach children in colleges about it, we need to talk about it, so that may by no means come about yet again, stated Podles relating to his insistence to hold the toys on their shelves.

The line of LEGO-design figurines sold by Cobi consists of tanks, soldiers and military equipment bearing Nazi swastikas and Third Reich emblems. The soldiers also bear a striking resemblance to Wehrmacht military personnel such as their secret police force, the Gestapo, which was assigned the job of arresting and transporting suspicious men and women to concentration where they had been brutally tortured. Most have been killed.

Customers coming in to obtain Christmas presents for their young children were horrified to see the smiley faced figures.

“When I looked closely at the figures I saw that there are German tanks with smiling soldiers from the Nazi era,” said a concerned father to the Swedish tabloid Expressen.

Nevertheless, not all toy retailers initially shared Podle’s ideals. Swedish departmental retailer Gekas has stopped stocking the toys as nicely as removing the merchandise from the shelves right after receiving sturdy consumer pressure earlier that week. Gekas CEO Boris Lennerhov has taken a company stance in banishing the product from his retailers and meeting buyer complaints.

“This is not one thing we want to advertise as a form of best,” said Lennerhov, as reported last week in The Regional, an English news web site in Sweden.

This is not the initial time that a retail outlet has embraced Nazism in its advertising and marketing campaign. Final October, Jewish-owned Spanish trend chain Mango provoked public backlash and had been forced to apologize for marketing a shirt that was designed with lightning symbols related to the Waffen SS insignia. The dress earned a mass of deragotary nicknames, including “Nazi chic” and the “SS shirt”.

A 2nd Spanish-owned clothing chain, Zara, was criticized for a children’s’ white shirt created with black stripes and a yellow star. Nicknamed the “Sheriff”, the motif was compared to concentration camp attire, complete with the Star of David badge that Nazis forced Jewish prisoners to attach to their uniforms.

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