A Hitler color-by-number

We’re going to guess that if a picture of Hitler ends up in a children’s color-by-number book, it’s not an accident. Someone made a decision to put it there.

Nonetheless, a drug store chain in Europe is apologizing for the coloring book, which was produced in India. It has pulled the book, according to the BBC.

“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,” a spokesperson for the Belgian publisher Trifora said.

So, whoops? No sale.

The company said it’s investigating how it could have happened.

  • BReynolds33

    I heard you get one free if you buy a Pepsi and a Nivea product at the same time.

  • RBHolb

    I’ve never worked in publishing, so maybe this is a naive question: Don’t you look through a book before you offer it for sale?

    • According to the BBC, they checked the book for translation but not for the pictures.

      I was unaware a color by number book required translation, but there you go. The things you learn, eh?

      • Jack

        Next time they need to do the activity to figure out what is in the picture. Get out the crayons.

  • Will

    I wonder if people would have the same reaction to Stalin…?

    • Jerry

      Monster that he was, Stalin never invaded Belgium.

      • Will

        To be fair I’m sure he wanted to and likely had a game plan to do so.

        • Jerry

          Honestly, probably not. One thing you quickly realise when you study the Soviet military is that, compared to the American military, it was mostly oriented towards defence. They did not have the equipment for force projection. They were afraid of the US and our allies and set up buffer states. Remember, the US and the UK have invaded them, not the other way around. This does not excuse their actions in the their own country and those they dominated.

      • Ralphy

        Poland, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Czechoslovakia, the Baltic States…
        That’s quite a defensive buffer.

        • Jerry

          20 million soviet dead will do that. I’m not excusing their actions, just understanding their reasons.

          • Ralphy

            Understood. Adding the hawkish advocating by the likes of Gen. Patton and the political climate in the US post WW 2 to the history of invasions from Napoleon to Hitler, and Stalin’s own insecurity and power struggles, one can understand how Stalin’s policies were formed and implemented.

    • dave

      “Uncle Joe” was our good guy ally in WWII…..times change

      • Will

        Winners write the history books.

        • Jerry

          Except the American Civil War, where the foremost chroniclers were southern.

  • MrE85

    India had something like 2.5 million soldiers in WW2. I think most people there have heard of Hitler before.

    • Mike Worcester

      One would think so, however, how many Americans would recognise an image of Pol Pot, who oversaw the death of hundreds of thousands of his fellow Cambodians from 1976 – 1980? Understand I’m not defending the actions taken, just trying offer an example of our general lack of historical knowledge.

      • Ralphy

        Exactly. Chairman Mao Zedong killed more innocent non-combatants than Hitler, Pol Pot, Pasha, Leonard II, Andrew Jackson, Kim Jung, Idi Amin, Tojo and Stalin combined. Yet one can easily buy any number of Mao Zedong trinkets, from bobble-head dolls to Zippo lighters, without any outrage or offense expressed.
        Our collective lack of historical perspective clouds our political judgement and handicaps our understanding of the world.

    • Jerry

      But I get the impression that he is not the epitome of evil there (and the rest of Asia) that he is in the West.

      • Based on what?

        • Jerry

          Because it wasn’t Germany that conquered them. Because it wasn’t Germany that caused thousands to starve due to food being allocated to the war effort. Because thousands fought for the Axis against the British. People view things through different historical lenses based on their experiences. They may think Hitler was bad, but he wasn’t the Raj.

  • Must have been the “prize” for children’s meals from THIS place:


  • Zachary

    Maybe they thought it was Charlie Chaplin from The Great Dictator?

  • Postal Customer

    “Selected a pair

    A pair?

  • Rob

    Had the coloring book company also thrown in a copy of Mein Kampf as a bonus?

  • kat

    I haven’t been in India, but I know in SE Asia Hitler is more of a comedic symbol in pop culture. They constantly see the western world referring to Hitler in satire and all the satirical images of the guy-so they have co opted it as one of those jokes that really gets lost in translation. Most people know he was a bad dude, they just don’t know he is the symbol of all things bad here I the US