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Paper sorry for Holocaust ad error
Herald Sun ^ | 1 February 2006

Posted on 01/31/2006 3:21:42 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

A GERMAN newspaper has apologised for accidentally placing a utility company advertisement for "the gas of tomorrow" inside a full-page story on the Nazi killing of Sinti (Gypsy) people in Auschwitz concentration camp.

The Landeszeitung Lueneburg said on its website today it had not noticed that the article about a local exhibition describing the fate of the Sinti in Hitler's Germany appeared on the same page as an advert for utility company E.ON which read: "E.ON is taking care of the gas of tomorrow, today." The Nazis used poison gas for mass killings in World War II. It is estimated that between 200,000 and 800,000 of the millions who were killed in the Holocaust were Sinti and Roma, two branches of the Gypsies.

The paper, which has received numerous complaints about the position of the advertisement, said it deeply regretted the incident which was unintentional and "simply overlooked".

"We apologise for this mistake, which both contradicts the article's intention of shedding light on an almost forgotten chapter of National Socialism, and also undeservedly casts the utility in a questionable light," it said in a statement.

The paper devoted a page of its January 21-22 edition to the story From Lueneburg to Auschwitz which featured pictures of the death camp and Sinti victims of Nazi persecution.

But the editors unwittingly slotted in the advert, which covered about a third of the page, right alongside it.

A spokesman for E.ON said the firm had had no control over where the advert appeared and wanted to put the matter behind it now that the newspaper had apologised for the error.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: advertisement; gas; germany; holocaust; sorry; stuffup
You idiots!!!!!
1 posted on 01/31/2006 3:21:44 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Alouette; SJackson

What a gas.


2 posted on 01/31/2006 3:23:11 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: Aussie Dasher

Duh....


3 posted on 01/31/2006 3:24:35 PM PST by Ronin (When the fox gnaws.... SMILE!!!)
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To: EveningStar


Absolutely AWFUL.


4 posted on 01/31/2006 3:25:02 PM PST by onyx
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To: Aussie Dasher
It's a lose-lose situation. The Jews are offended. The utility company certainly isn't happy and won't want to pay for such ad placement. The readers are reviled. And the paper looks like a bunch of embiciles.

Other than that, it was a great idea.

5 posted on 01/31/2006 3:25:54 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: EveningStar

Send them to tolerance camp.


6 posted on 01/31/2006 3:26:03 PM PST by Alouette (Please pray for Israel: Psalms of the Day: 10-17)
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To: Aussie Dasher

boy those nazis have got a sense of humor, don't they. oops i mean germans.


7 posted on 01/31/2006 3:27:02 PM PST by pipecorp (Let's have a CRUSADE! , the muslims never stopped. a 2010 useless reply odyssey.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

That's almost as rich as the Japanese car commercial that aired with
the tune from "The Bridge Over The River Kwai".

I grimmaced the first time I heard it...within a week complaints drove
it off the air.
I think it was Nissan.


8 posted on 01/31/2006 3:28:11 PM PST by VOA
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To: GLDNGUN
It's a lose-lose situation. The Jews are offended.

Perhaps, though if you read the article, it's not about slaughtering Jews.

9 posted on 01/31/2006 3:28:28 PM PST by SJackson (elected members of Hamas: businesspeople, professionals, not terrorists. Scott McClellan)
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To: Aussie Dasher
A GERMAN newspaper has apologised for accidentally placing a utility company advertisement for "the gas of tomorrow" inside a full-page story on the Nazi killing of Sinti (Gypsy) people in Auschwitz concentration camp.

Stupid headline ping.

10 posted on 01/31/2006 3:29:19 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Condimaniac)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Enough to give a person the vapors.


11 posted on 01/31/2006 3:29:31 PM PST by beelzepug (only two months till spring training starts.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

With the Germans, everything is gas.


12 posted on 01/31/2006 3:30:05 PM PST by Grim
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To: Aussie Dasher

IIRC, there was a similar gaffe on US television, long ago. Someone here will know the particulars.


13 posted on 01/31/2006 3:30:19 PM PST by dighton
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
If you'd like to be on or off this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.
Articles on Israel can also be found by clicking the keyword Israel.

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14 posted on 01/31/2006 3:31:19 PM PST by SJackson (elected members of Hamas: businesspeople, professionals, not terrorists. Scott McClellan)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I saw an ad once in the Hartford Courant run by a local auto dealer wherein he referred to his end-of-year sale as "The Final Solution". I called him about and he seemed genuinely confused at the volume of calls he was getting.


15 posted on 01/31/2006 3:32:36 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: dighton

I believe it was soap commercials during airings of Sophie's Choice.


16 posted on 01/31/2006 3:33:23 PM PST by Shermy
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To: SJackson
Perhaps, though if you read the article, it's not about slaughtering Jews.

Many Jews were gassed, so I can certainly see them being offended at the insensitivity of the paper.

17 posted on 01/31/2006 3:33:36 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: pipecorp
...oops i mean germans.

"Whatever you do...don't mention the war."


18 posted on 01/31/2006 3:34:23 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Crime cannot be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgences of society's understanding.)
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To: GLDNGUN
Many Jews were gassed, so I can certainly see them being offended at the insensitivity of the paper.

I could too. If it's deliberate, which I doubt, I'd be offended.

19 posted on 01/31/2006 3:35:37 PM PST by SJackson (elected members of Hamas: businesspeople, professionals, not terrorists. Scott McClellan)
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To: Shermy

That might have happened too, but I'm dimly recalling something older, involving a gas utility and -- Judgement at Nuremberg?


20 posted on 01/31/2006 3:38:43 PM PST by dighton
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To: dighton

Right you are.

http://www.tvacres.com/censorship_playhouse.htm


21 posted on 01/31/2006 3:47:33 PM PST by Shermy
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To: SJackson
I could too. If it's deliberate, which I doubt, I'd be offended.

I also doubt that it was intentional; however, one can still be offended at the thoughtlessness. It would be akin to reading a story on the horrors that faced the people trapped in the burning WTC Towers on 9/11 and in the middle of the story, finding an ad for a job placement service that read "Are you so sick of your job, you're ready to jump out the window?" or an ad for a cruise to a cool climate like Alaska that read "So hot you feel like you're on fire sometimes?". One wouldn't think someone could be that tasteless on purpose, but you'd probably still think "geez, if these people actually thought about what they were doing for 2 seconds, this wouldn't have happened".

22 posted on 01/31/2006 3:50:02 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: Shermy

That's it, thanks.


23 posted on 01/31/2006 3:51:41 PM PST by dighton
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To: GLDNGUN

Sounds like a good spot for an ad featuring your local Mosque.


24 posted on 01/31/2006 3:55:19 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: muir_redwoods
an ad once in the Hartford Courant

Was he selling German cars, or perhaps Fords?

25 posted on 01/31/2006 3:58:34 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Aussie Dasher
The guy laying out the ad probably isn't looking at the story. he was just trying to put a big jig saw puzzle together. The ad and the story need to fit into the space that's available. The fact that they came together at the same place doesn't mean that we should draw and quarter the editors or owners of the newspaper.

Unless, of course, if they support Kerry, Kennedy, Durbin,et al. Then they should be drawn and quartered and have their faces ripped off.
26 posted on 01/31/2006 4:06:13 PM PST by joem15
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To: PAR35
"Was he selling German cars, or perhaps Fords?"

Actually it was a Ford dealer located in West Hartford, a largely Jewish community. Out of business these days for some reason.

27 posted on 01/31/2006 4:08:18 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: muir_redwoods
After the Second World War, my uncle Bob (Lt.Col. AAF, DFC x 8, B-17 pilot) went back to his job with Virginia Electric Power. He had the opportunity to visit a trade fair in Europe as part of the job. There was a German appliance manufacturer demonstrating its goods. He was talking to their salesman, who said, naively, "Ja, we Germans make very good ovens."

My uncle replied, "Yeah. We KNOW you do."
28 posted on 01/31/2006 8:00:22 PM PST by GAB-1955 (being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the Kingdom of Heaven....)
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