Goebbels gets the chop as shop gets the mes­sage

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

A VIN­TAGE toy shop has with­drawn an ac­tion fig­ure of Joseph Goebbels af­ter a cus­tomer com­plained.

An ea­gled eyed shop­per spot­ted the fig­urine of the for­mer nazi Min­is­ter of Pro­pa­ganda on sale for £65 in Galac­tic At­tic in Cardiff.

He com­plained to staff at the store who at the time seemed un­aware of the sig­nif­i­cance of the doll.

A spokesper­son for the shop said: “Af­ter some­one pointed it out to me I took it down. I thought it was best I should.”

The Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Karen Pol­lock MBE said: “It beg­gars be­lief that there are dolls por­tray­ing him and other Nazi fig­ures avail­able for sale in toy shops in the UK.”

She added: “Joseph Goebbels was re­spon­si­ble for the Nazi pro­pa­ganda ma­chine and a key fig­ure in the Nazi party. How can this pos­si­bly be ap­pro­pri­ate?”

Sim­i­lar toys can be found on sale on Ama­zon, in­clud­ing an Adolf Hitler the Chan­cel­lor Ac­tion Fig­ure, and a toy doll of Her­mann Go­er­ing, com­man­der-inchief of the Luft­waffe.

Ms Pol­lock urged Ama­zon and all other on­line re­tail­ers “to re­move these from their site im­me­di­ately and urge Short shelf-life: the Joseph Goebbels doll which caused so much anger

all de­cent busi­nesses to do the same”.

A Board of Deputies spokesper­son said: “’Toys such as these are in aw­ful taste.

There is noth­ing cute or play­ful about the fig­ures de­picted or the aw­ful crimes per­pe­trated by those that they are mod­elled on. No shop­keeper or on­line seller

with any de­cency would have them on dis­play.”

A Board of Deputies spokesper­son said: “’Toys’ such as these are in aw­ful taste. There is noth­ing cute or play­ful about the fig­ures de­picted or the aw­ful crimes per­pe­trated by those that they are mod­elled on. ”

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