Collins apol­o­gises for Hitler-birth­day di­ary

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY LEON SY­MONS

THE MAKER OF one of the coun­try’s most pop­u­lar di­aries has pledged that it will never again use Hitler’s birth­day as an “in­ter­est­ing fact of the day”.

The April 20 en­try in the Collins Deb­den 2009 di­ary was spot­ted by cen­tral Lon­don art gallery owner Helly Nah­mad. But his ini­tial com­plaint to the com­pany went unan­swered so this week he wrote again. The sec­ond time the com­pany re­sponded and has now said that the ref­er­ence was not in next year’s di­ary and would not ap­pear again.

Mr Nah­mad said: “There is a fact for ev­ery day in the di­ary and for April 20 it said Hitler’s birth­day. At first I thought I would scrib­ble it out be­cause I didn’t want to look at it. But then I thought it was so wrong and in­sen­si­tive.

“This is not just a Jewish is­sue be­cause it would be of­fen­sive to many other peo­ple as well.”

Mr Nah­mad said he had not no­ticed any other con­tro­ver­sial names.

Peter Cot­trill, mar­ket­ing man­ager for the Glasgow-based pub­lisher, said: “We pur­chased in good faith four sets of ed­i­to­rial in­for­ma­tion which con­tained sig­nif­i­cant events that hap­pened on in­di­vid­ual days. We gave a brief of what we were looking for and it was not any­thing like this. Noth­ing like that has ap­peared be­fore and will never ap­pear again. Our ed­i­to­rial depart­ment is con­duct­ing a re­view.

“On be­half of Collins, I would like to apol­o­gise that this en­try ap­peared in the first place and that any of­fence was caused by it.” He said that the di­ary note would not, in any case, have been in­cluded in the 2010 di­aries.

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