Britain removes emblem with Nazi connotations

An eagle emblem has been removed from the building of one of Britain’s largest banks because of its Nazi connotations.

Barclays removed the 3.5-ton eagle from atop its building, where it had stood for 30 years, amid reports that its new Dutch partner, ABN Amro, opposed the emblem. The Barclays eagle predates the Nazi era by about 230 years, dating back to 1690 when its predecessor bank opened on Lombard Street in the City of London.

 

The bankers said that the decision to remove the logo was because of “out-of-date branding.”

A poll in the town of Poole, where the eagle sat atop the building, showed 93 percent of the residents of the town wanted the emblem to remain.

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