Dutch workers brave thin ice to remove swastika

THE HAGUE (JTA) — Workers in a Dutch town braved thin ice to remove Nazi symbols etched into the surface of a frozen lake.

Sanitation workers in the town of Hellevoetsluis first attempted to walk to the area where the Nazi salutation “Sieg Heil!” and swastika were carved into the ice, according to a Jan. 23 report in the AD/Rotterdams Dagblad, a local daily.

The workers quickly left the ice when it began to crack under their weight. Another failed attempt followed, involving a long coarse brush lowered to the etchings from a nearby bridge. The fire brigade was called but could offer no assistance. 

Eventually the lightest worker on the municipal cleaning team ventured onto the ice attached to a rope held by his colleagues on the bank. He removed the entire symbol and slogan except for the exclamation mark, the paper reported. 

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