Nazi UFO toy discontinued for historical inaccuracy

Greg Evans
Saturday 23 June 2018 09:15

A UFO toy made to look like a piece of Nazi technology used in World War II has been discontinued.

The toy, which had been produced by German model manufacturers Revell GmbH, was criticised for its inaccuracy and glorification of the Nazi regime.

The item had also been given the name 'Haunebu II' which is a name associated with a conspiracy theory about the secret development of UFOs by the Nazis.

The UFO was available on the German version of Amazon, where it was reportedly the best seller in toy models.

According to The Local, the toy is described as 'round aircraft' and 'the first object capable of flying in space'. It also claims that the aircraft was not produced during WWII, despite being initially tested in 1943.

The product, which is decorated with Third Reich logos, has been criticised by both the German Children's Protection Association and the Military History Museum in Dresden.

Jens Wehner, a historian with the MHM told the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung:

At that time it was technologically impossible to build something like this. 

The fact that Revell's product’s description fails to mention the aircraft never existed is risky in that people who buy it might actually believe the Nazis possessed superior technologies.

Enthusiasts can use this as a strategy to cast doubt on what we know today about National Socialism.

In response, Revell agreed with the historian and said that it is "absolutely justified" that it has been discontinued.

A spokesperson from the company said:

[The toy] it is, in fact, a legendary, extraordinary aircraft which cannot be proven in terms of existence.

Unfortunately, our product description does not adequately express this and we apologise for it.

They have also revealed that they will be conducting an investigation as to how the item was ever approved in the first place.

HT Motherboard

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