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Hitler portrait cups cause a stir

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Berlin - A small German furniture store chain says it inadvertently ordered 5 000 coffee cups bearing a faint portrait of Adolf Hitler from China.

Christian Zurbrueggen, co-owner of the Zurbrueggen chain, told German news agency dpa on Thursday that 175 of the offending cups were sold before customers reported the problem.

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Zurbrueggen said he wants to take the cups “out of circulation.”

The 4 825 unsold cups have been destroyed and Zurbrueggen says he's offering a 20-euro ($28) voucher for the return of the others, which were sold for 1.99 euros each.

The cups have a faint feature of a Nazi-era stamp bearing Hitler's portrait and a postmark with a swastika in the background overlaid with another layer of decoration. They were ordered from a trade fair in China and delivered last month.

Sapa-AP

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