This is absolutely shocking to us hearing about it secondhand — so imagine how poor parents must have felt!
Yep. It’s Adolf Hitler.
Vervloed, and presumably other unsuspecting parents, bought a seemingly benign historical figure coloring book from Kruidvat, the largest drugstore chain in The Netherlands, only to discover the goofy Hitler cartoon.
Photos of the pages quickly went viral, and the store pulled the book from shelves and offered refunds, saying they “deeply regretted the incident.”
A spokesman for Belgian publisher Trifora explained that the book, titled Kleuren op Code (Colors on Code), was created in India, and it was possible the illustrator didn’t know who he was caricaturing:
“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.”
Frankly that seems pretty implausible to us.
As for how it got back to Europe?
“It is a nasty combination of circumstances. We check the book on translations, but do not check all the colouring pictures.”
Maybe it’s worth it for every book to be seen by at least ONE set of eyes??
Sadly, like the United States and much of the Western world, The Netherlands have seen a spike in white nationalism over the past few months. But maybe this is just a coincidence. Maybe.
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