Hitler colouring book pulled from Dutch supermarket shelves following outrage

Hitler Colouring BookRay Vervloed (Associated Press)A colour-by-numbers book featuring pictures of Adolf Hitler was pulled from a Dutch supermarket.

A children’s paint-by-letters book featuring Adolf Hitler wearing a swastika and raising his arm in a Nazi salute has been pulled from the shelves of a supermarket in the Netherlands following parent outrage.

The book, with a full-size page of the German dictator who oversaw the deaths of more than 11 million people, remained for sale at Dutch drugstore chain Kruidvat for half a day and sold several dozen copies before the chain and the publisher both apologised, the BBC reports.

“Maybe he did not recognise him,” a spokesperson for the Belgian publisher Trifora told local news outlet NU.nl after calling the incident a “regrettable mistake.” The book was produced in India for the Belgian publisher and featured other historical figures such as Nelson Mandela and Albert Einstein.

The book drew outrage both within the Netherlands and around the world once images of a coloured-in Hitler started circulating on social media:

Like many Western countries, the Netherlands has recently experienced a surge in far-right populism and intolerance. In a statement released on the company’s Facebook page, Kruidvat said it was examining how they could have missed the image and would be offering full refunds to anyone who purchased the book.

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