The Kruidvat Dutch drugstore chain has withdrawn a color-by-numbers book featuring Hitler, y”sh, following an outcry from unwitting purchasers.
Kruidvat said that they “deeply regretted the incident” and withdrew the product immediately they were made aware of the issue.
The books were produced in India, and claimed to portray significant historical figures. Other people in the book included Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein and Nelson Mandela.
A spokesperson for the Belgian publisher Trifora said, “It is a nasty combination of circumstances. We check the book on translations, but do not check all the coloring pictures.
“My suspicion is that the man who created the coloring book got a book of famous people out of the closet and selected a pair, which unfortunately included Adolf Hitler. Maybe he did not recognize him.”
The book was only on sale for half a day and Kruidvat offered full refunds to customers who bought a copy.