Toys with Nazi Symbols Withdrawn from W. German Market
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Toys with Nazi Symbols Withdrawn from W. German Market

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Federal authorities have decided not to ban Japanese-mode toys bearing Nazi symbols or mimicking the weapons used by the German army and the SS during World War II. The importer, a Nuremberg firm, promised for its part, to stop distributing the toys which have been sold in stores throughout West Germany, although, according to the authorities, not in great quantities.

The decision by the authority responsible for controlling dangerous toys come after nine months of litigation initiated by the youth deportment of the town of Bielefeld. The township expressed disappointment. The Bielefeld store stopped selling toys with Nazi symbols some time ago at the demand of local officials.

The importer claimed that the articles had on historic value.

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