A Dutch pharmacy/drugstore chain has apologized for selling a colour-by-number book featuring Adolf Hitler.The dictator was pictured making a Nazi salute and wearing a Swastika armband.
Kruidvat, the Dutch chain stocking the children’s book, said they “deeply regretted the incident” and immediately withdrew the product.
The book was produced in India and it is remains unclear why Hitler was included.
“My suspicion is that the man who created the colouring book got a book of famous people out of the closet and selected a pair, which unfortunately included Adolf Hitler. Maybe he did not recognize him,” a spokesperson for the Belgian publisher Trifora told local media.
The publisher explained the book, Kleuren op Code, included significant historical figures such as Nelson Mandela, Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln.
IKruidvat said it was only on sale for half a day and was immediately removed from shelves when the problem came to light.
The company said it was investigating how the image ended up in the book and was offering full refunds to customers who bought copies.