German fair closes new ride after he realized that it looks like a swastika
All the fun of the Führer: German fair closes new ride after he realizes it looks like a Nazi swastika
- The ride & # 39; Eagle Fly & # 39; was praised as an exciting addition to the fair in Löffingen
- Park bosses did not realize that the four arms of the ride were the shape of a swastika
- The park manager has since apologized and said that the ride will be redesigned
A German funfair had to close a new ride after realizing it looked like two giant swastikas.
The ride & # 39; Eagle Fly & # 39; was announced as an exciting new addition to the attraction in Löffingen in southwest Germany, but park bosses did not notice the similarity despite the special sensitivity of the symbol in Germany.
Seen from a distance, it is hard to miss: every rotating part of the ride has four arms, the same shape as the emblem used by Hitler's regime.
The park manager has since stopped the attraction and apologized according to the regional broadcaster SWR.
Operator Rüdiger Braun said he was sorry & # 39; anyone who had problems or was offended by our design & # 39 ;.
The ride apparently started at the end of July, but it wasn't until August that videos & # 39; s showed the similarity.
One such & # 39; n video was shared more than 4,000 times on Reddit, with the spot caption: & # 39; The art of engineering & # 39 ;.
On 2 August the park shared a Facebook message with a photo of the ride, still apparently unaware of its Nazi connotations.
It will be closed for the time being as designers go back to the drawing board, Mr. Braun explained.
In a flyer earlier this year, the Eagle Fly was advertised as a ride & # 39; for intrepid visitors & # 39; next to a roller coaster and a panorama tower.
The park also has a zoo – the name Tatzmania translates roughly to Pawmania – and is aimed at children and families.
Unfortunate similarity: this & # 39; Eagle Fly & # 39; ride in a German amusement park was shut down just a few weeks after the opening because it looks like a Nazi swastika
New attraction: Park bosses did not share this photo until 2 August, apparently unaware that their new ride resembles a Nazi symbol
There is no suggestion that Nazi symbolism was intentional, but a state education official told the German media that it was a & # 39; lack of involvement in history & # 39; suggested.
& # 39; The direction in which this geometric vehicle would move should have been recognized by architectural drawings, & # 39; said Professor Michael Wehner.
The use of the swastika as a political symbol is prohibited in Germany, although it can be used for education or research.
Those found guilty of using the symbols of & # 39; unconstitutional organizations & # 39; can be fined or receive three years in prison.
In 2018 there were more than 14,000 & # 39; propaganda & # 39; crimes in Germany, such as the use of the swastika and other prohibited symbols.
The fear of an extreme right-wing revival has grown in the midst of an increase in anti-Semitic incidents and hate crimes.
Holocaust denial is also illegal in Germany and can be punished with up to five years in prison.
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