Ukrainian manufacturer preparing to sell Adolf Hitler dolls
Thursday, April 24, 2008
News reports are claiming that Adolf Hitler will go on sale in Ukraine. These reports cite Ukraine's Zerkalo Nedeli newspaper which reported that a toy manufacturer would release the line of Hitler dolls in the summer.depicting former leader
The 40cm doll will reportedly first be available in Kiev with a £100 ( ) price tag and comes with a large range of accessories in a presentation box with the dates of Hitler's birth and death.
Nazis images are illegal in Ukraine, with positive portrayal specifically banned. However, there are allegations that right-wing nationalist politics are gaining strength in the country and that xenophobia and racism are on the rise, including some said to be comparable to that present in Germany under Nazi rule. Fascism and propaganda are also banned.
Adolf can be dressed in various guises, including "early days Adolf", which consists of a brown shirt and jodhpurs, and "Wartime Adolf", which features a grey tunic, black trousers and themedal. The doll also comes with boots and shoes, caps, gloves, full uniforms, cane and belt which can be placed on Hitler, whose arms move, allowing the doll to replicate the famed salute of its real life counterpart.
|Kids can undress fuhrer, pin on medals and there's a spare head in the kit to give him a kinder expression on his face|
Also included is a model of Berlin., Hitler's female , who was exceedingly loyal to Hitler. Hitler poisoned Blondi with in 1945 at the same time as taking his own life in his bunker at
"It is like. Kids can undress fuhrer, pin on medals and there's a spare head in the kit to give him a kinder expression on his face. He has glasses that are round, in the manner of pacifist ," said one saleswoman. The company, which will release the dolls in Summer, says that if demand is high a range of toys themed on the may be released, to include barracks, working models of crematoriums and gas chambers, concentration camps and interior models of the chancellery.
The doll is not set to be released until the summer, but BBC News Online has footage suggesting that some stores are selling the doll already.
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