Germany's Federal Ministry of Defense
has instructed its soldiers to tear out "SS" labels printed on their just-distributed uniforms after a production problem
German law bans the display of any Nazi iconography
, such as "SS." These symbols have also been forbidden from car number plates as they were associated with the murderous Schutzstaffel paramilitary group, Adolf Hitler's agency of surveillance and terror, which also orchestrated the murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust.
According to the defense ministry, the uniforms have been mistakenly issued with labels that stand for the size "small, short."
The ministry has already distributed about 313,000 pieces of combat equipment such as helmets, sleeping bags and waterproof jackets to its troops.
While most were labeled according to the usual English-language terms for their sizes – S, M, L and XL – it appears no thought had been given to how the smallest items might be categorized.
"It's a very small number of jackets and we are looking into it all. As soon as we were made aware of what had happened, we issued an announcement that they should get rid of these labels in some way," the ministry said. "Right now we are in contact with the manufacturer to investigate what happened. We know that it looks very strange to the public, so it became something we had to deal with immediately."
KFC mobile app sends out notification encouraging customers to "celebrate" pogrom
Meanwhile, the KFC in Germany apologized almost immediately after its mobile app sent out notification encouraging customers to treat themselves to fried chicken and cheese to commemorate the pogrom that preceded the Holocaust
. (Related: KFC in Germany apologizes for promoting fried chicken special in "commemoration of Kristallnacht" on anniversary of 1938 Nazi pogrom that massacred Jews
On November 9, KFC's mobile app sent this message: "Commemoration of Kristallnacht – Treat yourself to more soft cheese and crispy chicken. Now at KFCheese!" After one hour, the fast food phone application sent another notification blaming the first message on "an error in our system."
"We are very sorry, we will check our internal processes immediately so that this does not happen again. Please excuse this error," the message included.
According to Newsweek
, KFC claimed that an automated push notification was accidentally issued
to KFC app users in Germany that contained an unplanned, insensitive and unacceptable message.
"We use a semi-automated content creation process linked to calendars that include national observances," the company stated. "In this instance, our internal review process was not properly followed, resulting in a non-approved notification being shared."
KFC added that they have suspended app communications while examining their current process to ensure such an issue does not occur again. "We understand and respect the gravity and history of this day, and remain committed to equity, inclusion and belonging for all," the company added.
Kristallnacht, which literally means the "Night of Crystal," is often referred to as the "Night of Broken Glass" due to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms
that took place on November 9 and 10, 1938. Nazi mobs destroyed synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses, killed 92 Jews and sent another 30,000 to concentration camps. The event was the launch of the systematic annihilation of Jewish
life in Europe.
Watch the video below that talks about how Kristallnacht may be happening again in recent times
This video is from John Kozlowski's channel on Brighteon.com
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